“My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil”
When Grandma comes to visit, she asks her granddaughter about school. Instead of replying with the same boring answers, the girl draws portraits, adding special details using objects that show what makes each person special.
Who is her favorite teacher?
Take a guess.
An art teacher as colorful as a box of crayons.
This story promotes the creative components of originality and creativity.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it takes familiar objects and uses them to create something unfamiliar yet familiar at the same time. People of all ages can try this art technique.
TITLE: My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil
AUTHOR: Hanoch Piven
ILLUSTRATOR: Hanoch Piven
PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010
AGE GROUP: 5-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, creativity
1) Like author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, create an object portrait of one of your friends, using collected objects from around your home that would show your friend’s personality.
2) Make a greeting card for a friend using different objects.
3) Create a self-portrait using different objects. Have a friend create an object portrait of you. Compare portraits.
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