When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.
With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 5 Years|
About the Author
Minh Lê is a writer but, like his grandfather, is a man of few words. He is a national early childhood policy expert, author of Let Me Finish! (illustrated by Isabel Roxas), and has written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. A first-generation Vietnamese-American, he went to Dartmouth College and has a master's in education from Harvard University. Outside of spending time with his beautiful wife and sons in their home near Washington, DC, Minh's favorite place to be is in the middle of a good book. Visit Minh online at minhlebooks.com or on Twitter @bottomshelfbks.
Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Award-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as The Cookie Fiasco, After the Fall, and others. He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit, The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and a menagerie of pets. Visit him at dantat.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At first, it was difficult to share out loud the pictures that I saw as I "read" aloud the book. But then, as I began to see what was happening, I retraced my steps and explained the pictures and asked questions. The beginning would be an incredible way to complete a Think Aloud with your students, modeling the ability to make inferences on the images. Similarly, the young boy and the Grandfather were having a difficult time communicating with one another based on a language barrier. After several attempts, the young boy seems to have given up and begins to complete his own activity. Grandpa takes interest in his new task and surprises him by joining him in his own way. You will want to share this story with your students, to see how these two broke the barrier and found common ground. I really like how the book expresses communication in a different form. Sometimes a barrier comes between two people and they are not able to express themselves with each other. But if we seek out new creative ways, we can still come together and communicate.
Wow! With few words, this children’s book shows us the power of unspoken language. I loved how the novel came alive, as each of the characters grabbed their choice of writing instruments to draw and to connect to each other. The years faded between the grandfather and his grandson as they sketched and united on paper. Mother dropped her son off at her father’s house and immediately you can sense the dread the boy feels as he trudged up to his grandfather’s door. Grandfather is excited to see his grandson but the differences become apparent as you turn the pages. They each speak a different language, the food grandfather prepares for each of them is different, and what they want to watch on TV is different, there is not much excitement in this reunion. The young boy grabs his backpack and goes to the table and sits down. He pulls out blank pieces of papers and markers and he begins to draw himself as a superhero. Grandfather comes over and glances over the boy’s shoulder, sparks fly. Grandfather grabs his drawing supplies and returns. Soon the two of them are creating their own world on paper. Two unique superheroes battling a colorful world of creatures where only these two know what lies ahead. The night ends differently than how it started and I am sure this boy will soon be asking his mother when he can visit his grandfather again. What a cute, children’s book about a grandfather and his grandson. I loved how they bridged the gaps they had in their relationship and the illustrations were fun and detailed. An excellent children’s book with few words but a great message.
Drawn Together is a new children's picture book from author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat. Before Little Guy and Gramma turned the first page we talked about the images on the cover - what would we find inside. As well as the dual meaning of 'drawn'. Who do you think the two people on the cover could be? What about the 'elf' with the wand be? And the 'scary' black and white character? The flyleaf has some crayon scribble illustrations that are so real, Little Guy thought someone had colored inside! There is very little text in Drawn Together, asking the reader to tell much of the story through observing, imagining and wondering about the illustrations. What a great idea! The Grandpa and grandson have differences - food, language, interests etc. Little Guy is quite intuitive when it comes to facial expressions and really focused on these. We kept turning pages asking each other - what do you think? They discover they can communicate through drawing. "All the things we could never say come pouring out....and we build a new world that words can't describe." Heroes and mythical creatures illustrate the connection and divide between the two. Little Guy is quite literal and was a bit frightened by the dragon. But subsequent pages have the dragon defeated and the distance between the two conquered. Gramma thought the concept of Drawn Together was excellent - one that can be used in so many life situations. Caldecott Medalist Santat's illustrations are detailed and very beautiful - a perfect accompaniment.