In a career spanning forty years, Martha Alexander wrote and/or illustrated nearly seventy books for young readers, including A YOU'RE ADORABLE and I'LL PROTECT YOU FROM THE JUNGLE BEASTS. Martha lived in many places, including New York, Alaska, and Washington, before settling in Honolulu, Hawaii. Sadly, Martha passed away in 2006. She and her irresistible humor will be missed. James Rumford has written and illustrated several books for children, including BEOWULF: A HERO'S TALE RETOLD and SEQUOYAH: THE CHEROKEE MAN WHO GAVE HIS PEOPLE WRITING, a Sibert Honor book. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Max and the Dumb Flower Picture (PagePerfect NOOK Book)by Martha Alexander, James Rumford
It's time to color outside the lines. Max's teacher wants the class to color-in pictures for Mother's Day presents, but Max knows that his mother would not want a dumb flower picture drawn by someone else. Determined to express his creativity, Max runs off to draw his own picture. Max's drawing not only inspires the rest of the class to create their own original artwork but also enlightens the teacher.
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This is a fun book that can teach both the children and their teachers. Reading this book can remind everyone why it is important to be yourself and to express yourself. In classroom it is important for students to follow the rules but it is also important for them to be able to express themselves. This book does a great job of showing how we can be individuals and yet still follow the instructions to color a flower. This story is also good at teaching kids self-esteem and how when you are yourself others will look up to you.
The late Martha Alexander wrote over 70 children's books in her long career, many of them addressing issues which she felt were important to young ones. Before she passed away she shard her feelings about this book with author/illustrator James Rumford: "She believed that children need to feel the freedom of creativity - to look upon a blank sheet of paper and see possibilities, not limitations brought on by the fear "of not getting it right." That idea is made abundantly clear in the story of Max who didn't want to color what he called a dumb flower picture even though his teacher, Miss Tilley, wanted all of the students to color the same picture as a Mother's Day gift for their mothers. Well, as stated Max didn't like this idea at all because he knew his mother would rather have his own drawing, an original. Young readers will enjoy seeing how Max solves this problem. Endpapers in this book are especially attractive as they're filled with flower drawings by Martha Alexander's family, friends, and colleagues. - Gail Cooke