PreS-Gr 2- Liza loves her crayons, but she has a bit of a one-track mind where color is concerned. She classifies the whole world according to the shades she finds in her crayon bucket. When she runs out of paper, she takes the next logical step and colors on the wall, prompting her mother to take away her drawing tools for the rest of the day. The situation looks bleak (and literally gray, in the illustrations), until Liza goes for a walk and discovers the colors of the natural world. Mud, leaves, bricks, and petals become her new media as she assembles life-size collages wherever she goes. It comes as no surprise when she declares at bedtime: "I think I can go one more day with no crayons." There is no shortage of picture books that celebrate artistic creativity, but this one has an interesting twist. So much of childhood art is commoditized and children spend so much time inside that the invitation to look to nature for both inspiration and materials is a refreshing one. This title could also serve as an introduction to modern art (Liza inadvertently creates a Jackson Pollack mud puddle at one point) or be paired with Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius (Viking, 1982) for an artsy Earth Day celebration.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, MD
A Day with No Crayonsby Elizabeth Rusch
When Liza's mother takes away her beloved crayons, her world suddenly goes gray. How does the budding artist repond? She squirts her toothpaste angrily and stomps through mud puddles. Through these acts, Liza inadvertently creates art-and eventually discovers color in the world around her.Liza loved her crayons. She treasured turquoise, adored apricot, and
When Liza's mother takes away her beloved crayons, her world suddenly goes gray. How does the budding artist repond? She squirts her toothpaste angrily and stomps through mud puddles. Through these acts, Liza inadvertently creates art-and eventually discovers color in the world around her.Liza loved her crayons. She treasured turquoise, adored apricot, and flipped over fuchsia.
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Loved the story line and the message that the world is full of color if you just take the time to notice. The beauty of crayons is just one colorful part of it as Liza found out in this tale. Have three granddaughters who LOVE their crayons so the story really caught their attention. Illustrations were very engaging. Ellie B.
I really loved this book! This book is beautiful to look at and a delightful read. Kids will appreciate the sympathetic narrator and adults will get a kick out of the references to major artists. It captures well the spirit of creativity with its suggestion that art can be found anywhere and everywhere!
Liz Rusch's book is absolutely amazing. Not only does the story capture the imagination of every reader (and listener) but the illustrations are beautiful. This book is wonderfully crafted it is one of the best children's books I have ever read. The spunky main character and her artistic journey, which leads to her finding art and color in the world around her, are a great example to any girl or boy. (PLUS, its fun)