Book Review: How to Draw the Life and Times of Andrew Jackson by Amy’s Blog

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2006
Genre(s): Art
Publisher(s): Rosen
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Book Review: How to Draw the Life and Times of Andrew Jackson by Amy’s Blog

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Book Review: How to Draw the Life and Times of Andrew Jackson from Timberdoodle Co.

When this book in the series A Kid’s Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the U.S.A. arrived on my porch yesterday afternoon I could barely contain my excitement. We had a busy evening planned, but as soon as I could I presented my four oldest children with an assignment — what do you think of this book? Everyone get out pencils and paper and try something and then tell me what you think.

My oldest was immediately skeptical as twelve year olds often are… she immediately asked if they only had to draw one picture, and started on the easiest one she can find. After she had been drawing for a while, she decided to start a new page to make her flag smaller and make it part of a fort scene. She stayed at the table long past the assigned time, so I am pretty sure I will find her coming back to this book on her own.

My ten year old son started drawing the boat, and he was hooked from the start. “I don’t care if we only “have to” draw one picture Clara, I want to draw the whole book.” That was his response to the book and you can tell from the pictures that he enjoyed himself and did a fine job.

Both my seven year old daughter and my five year old son were very excited to get their piece of the pie, and did a passable job of drawing the log cabin and the flag. Neither child was the correct age for this particular series, but they still enjoyed themselves immensely and learned something along the way.

After the drawing frenzy was over, I had my ten year old read a section to the younger children about what they were drawing. He was captivated by the information, and will learn a great deal from this presentation of material.

Each book in the series capsulizes the life and times of a president through brief essays, pictures and through drawing instruction of significant objects or people. Both the drawing and the reading is intermediate in difficulty and is most appropriate for ages 9 to 12. So many children learn better through hands on activity related to the reading material and this book provides — in my opinion — the perfect blend of information and activity. Timberdoodle has acquired the remaining stock of this series from the publisher — available through George W. Bush — and when they are gone, they are gone!

My Bottom Line: I would like to purchase the set myself, and if you have children who love to draw or love drawing instruction books, you will want some on your shelf. Currently on sale for $185!, the entire set has a retail value of $1060 and each book is individually bound in library hardcover and has roughly 30 pages.  I think it would be wonderful if Timberdoodle could get reprint rights to put all the books into a series of paperback bind ups, perhaps 5 or 6 presidents per book. (hint, hint!)  That would be amazing.  If you have never shopped with Timberdoodle before or it has been a while, you can get a free copy of their catalog!

As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a frank and unbiased review. Here you have it.


Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 15 Nov 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

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