An Imaginative Story about Art, Creativity, Sisterhood and Individuality
When we first had little Brie, Brooke was so excited to be an older sister. I’d dress them alike, do their hair in the same bows and read and sing to them at the same time. Four years later, the girls are quite distinct in what they like, how they look and organizing life in their little minds can seem so different that I sometimes wonder how they can be sisters! Brooke and Brie get along most of the time, in fact, I have to say that Brooke is a very patient 7 year old to her 4 year old sister, but Brie is something of a wild card. Brie is bold and messy while Brooke is more reserved and neat. Sometimes when they do art projects together, Brooke questions why Brie is drawing rainbows on someone’s hair or making the sky green. I like to say they are different but we love them just the same and they love being sisters. Who knew that I would find a book that describes my non-twin girls to a t!
Grace and Katie are twins who love to draw. Grace loves everything to be organized and neat, while Katie loves everything to be bright, bold and messy. When they want to draw a map of their home and street, the girls can’t agree on how it should be done so they each decide to create their own map. But that doesn’t work out quite as well as they’d planned. Perhaps working together might be more fun after all! An imaginative exploration of individuality, sisterhood, creativity and appreciating each other’s strengths.
- Encourages kids to express their creativity and realize that there is no right or wrong way to be an artist.
- Topic of map making is woven throughout the story, making this a valuable resources to explore visual literacy.
- Touches on the subject of twins, multiples in a way that emphasizes each girl’s individual strengths.
About the Illustrator: Liz Anelli spent her early years drawing on the electrical circuit diagram papers that her dad brought home from work, copying her mother’s loopy handwriting and getting told off for daydreaming. Today she makes pictures using collage and printmaking as well as paint, pencils and her computer. Her picture books explore the world in vivid detail and she is very fond of designing complicated city-scape scenes as well as creating big illustrated maps of the places she loves best.
About the Author: Susanne Merritt is a writer, editor, mother of three and passionate advocate for children’s literacy. She loves tea and chocolate, dislikes Brussels sprouts, and loves to read anywhere, anytime. She is the author of Don’t Think About Purple Elephants (shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia 2016 Book of the Year Award) and The Great Sock Secret.
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