The First Drawing

The First Drawing

by Mordicai Gerstein
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The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein

Imagine you were born before the invention of drawing, more than thirty thousand years ago.

You would live with your whole family in a cave and see woolly mammoths walk by!

You might even see images of animals hidden in the shapes of clouds and rocks.

You would want to share these pictures with your family, but wouldn't know how.

Who would have made the world's first drawing? Would it have been you?

In The First Drawing, Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein imagines the discovery of drawing...and inspires the young dreamers and artists of today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316204781
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 420,980
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

About the Author

Mordicai Gerstein is the acclaimed illustrator of more than forty-five books, many of which he also wrote. His books are frequently awarded ALA Notable status, and he is the three-time recipient of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year honor. In 2004, Mordicai was awarded the Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. Mordicai lives in western Massachusetts. His website is


Northhampton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1935

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


Chouinard Institute of Art

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The First Drawing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite The First Drawing, written and illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein, is a beautiful book about life for a young boy before people created drawings and how he taught his family to see pictures and draw. This young boy lived in a cave with his family and would see things in the clouds, in the shadows, in everyday life, but no one else could see what he saw. One night he draws what he sees on the cave wall and suddenly his family is able to see what he sees. This boy teaches his family how to draw and the magic of drawing is discovered and shared, and to this day drawing is still magic!  Mordicai Gerstein based his children's book on the discovery of drawings on a cave wall in southern France. When these drawings were discovered they were found to be older than all of the other drawings that had been found at this time. Gerstein created this story as how he imagines the drawings to have been made and how drawing was begun, based upon the discovery in this cave. Also, there is an excellent message for children in this story as well: the boy did not give up on trying to help others see what he could see, even though no one encouraged him or believed him.  This is a well-written and well-illustrated children's book that will have a child's imagination running wild as he or she imagines life without art, without picking up a pencil and drawing.