A grandson is to spend time with his grandfather but there’s a generational gap. They don’t speak each other’s language. They don’t eat the same food. And they don’t watch the same television shows.
Then Grandfather sees his grandson drawing with markers. He brings his pen and ink. And in a flash, they discover a new world that words can’t describe.
But when they’re closer than ever, the old distance returns. Will they be able to cross that generational bridge?
This book promotes creativity, creative problem solving, and diversity.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this almost wordless book because it is a story that doesn’t need words for its message to be told. The graphic novel-story type illustrations add another layer. I really enjoyed seeing how this author and illustrator bridge the generational gap literally and figuratively.
TITLE: drawn together
AUTHOR: Minh Lê
ILLUSTRATOR: Dan Santat
PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion, 2018
TOPIC(S): generational, grandparent/grandchild relationship, culture
AGE GROUP: 4-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, creative problelm solving, diversity
1) With a friend or sibling, invent a language that only the two of you understand.
2) Build a bridge using your favorite food or candy.
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