Real Love: The Drawings for Sean

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John Lennon was many things to many people, but to his son Sean, he was Daddy, a role he approached with humor, affection, and creativity.

One of the ways John expressed his love for his son was by drawings animals, flowers, and people, and then captioning these sketches with endearing and amusing phrases that he and Sean would come up with as they looked over Daddy’s art. The charming results of these playful collaborations are collected in ...

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Overview


John Lennon was many things to many people, but to his son Sean, he was Daddy, a role he approached with humor, affection, and creativity.

One of the ways John expressed his love for his son was by drawings animals, flowers, and people, and then captioning these sketches with endearing and amusing phrases that he and Sean would come up with as they looked over Daddy’s art. The charming results of these playful collaborations are collected in Real Love: The Drawings for Sean, a book bound to delight both young children and whimsical adults.

A testament to the deep bond felt between parent and child, Real Love is also a record of one of our most gifted creative minds at work. Featuring six never-before-seen pieces of art from John and Sean’s father-son jam sessions, this edition of Real Love is an exclusive collector’s item.

Full-color pictures with captions that John Lennon did for his son Sean.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
As Yoko Ono explains in her introduction, John Lennon began these drawings when his son was born in 1975. As Sean grew, his son would give the pictures a name. This collection is a result of that father-son collaboration: bright, imaginative, captioned pictures of pondering frogs and dreaming birds and singing seals. It should be an inspiration to open up their feelings for other fathers who don't happen to be Beatles.
School Library Journal
K Up-John Lennon and his son Sean spent time together drawing and creating captions for their works. The child's drawings have been transformed into a small picture book with a brief introduction by Yoko Ono. What may be a priceless treasure to a son or a cherished memento to an avid fan does not have a tidy spot in children's literature. These engaging, colorful drawings with pert to witty captions don't fill the bill as art, poetry, or biography. It is not revealed how Naclerio "adapted" the drawings; nor is the medium easily identified-pen, ink, felt tip, airbrush, watercolor, chalk, crayon-anything's possible, though it is hard to imagine father and son sharing an airbrush. Best suited to libraries with serious Beatles collections.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608870424
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 424,616
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool, England, on October 9, 1940, and raised by his Aunt Mimi. At the age of six, he wrote and illustrated his first book. When he was 20, he and some friends started a rock-and-roll band called the Silver Beatles, which was later shortened to The Beatles. As everyone knows, The Beatles went on to become the most famous musical group of all time. While still a Beatle, John wrote and illustrated two books of poems: In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works. Of the former, the Times Literary Supplement wrote: "It is worth the attention of anyone who fears the impoverishment of the English language and the British imagination." John died on December 8, 1980. His thoughts, his music, his poetry, and his art live on.
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Dear Reader:

In 1975, John became the father of a very special boy: Sean. John was ecstatic. "I'm going to raise this baby, Yoko. You do the business," he said. It was that simple.

John was a great daddy. He tried to do everything so right. I would come back from a hard day of work and find John waiting for me to report what took place that day.

"Sean was sneezing this morning. Maybe he's getting a cold."

"Sean needs more winter things. We have to go shopping."

Then pretty soon it became, "Sean did this all by himself." And John would proudly show me some squiggly lines Sean had drawn on paper. They were Sean's first drawings.

John had every one of Sean's drawings framed. We suddenly had many, many framed drawings by Sean adorning the walls of our Dakota apartment. Then I began to find John and Sean drawing together. John would draw something and explain to Sean what it was.

"This is a cat catnapping, Sean."

"Oh."

Then it was Sean's turn. He would show his drawings and explain, "This is a bus, and these are the people who want to get on the bus, but they can't because the bus is too small...so they're crying."

John would write what Sean had said underneath the drawings as titles. They became long, beautiful, and imaginative titles. Sometimes, John would ask Sean what he thought John was drawing. Sean would say, "That's a horsey," and that would become the title of John's drawing. They would make each other laugh, and that is how Sean leaned the fun of drawing, the fun of doing things together with his dad, and the fun of life.

I hope you enjoy this book. It was done in the spirit oflaughter...and lots and lots of love.

-Yoko One, 1999
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