I Can Draw Animals - Ray Gibson
This is another one of my choices of childrens books when I went to The Works book shop sale in Hereford. This paperback book cost me £1.50 but you can get it on Amazon and on Ebay for around £3.99 or more depending on whether you buy it new or secondhand.
The picture on the front of the book is lovely, a bright orange tabby cat with a huge smile on its face, my grandaughter loves it.
The book is written by Ray Gibson who has written lots of other childrens books along with his I can draw series as well as other learning books for children.
This is a good book to get your child motivated and excited about drawing. I Can Draw Animals is a step by step easy to follow drawing book. It helps to develop a childs drawing skills and gives them confidence to draw, my grandaughter is six and now likes to draw the animals from the book.
The book is simple animal designs by drawing circles and shapes which turn into the animal, my grandaughter can now draw a cat, a fish and a ladybird which actually look like what they are.
Before we looked at this book she used to just scribble a little on the paper and say "thats a cat !" which looked nothing like a cat.
Now she sits at the table and carefully draws a large circle for a body and a smaller one for the head, puts ears and tail on and hey presto, its a cat.
She has also now got a good interest in crayoning too as she likes to crayon in the pictures she draws. I have numerous coloured cats all stuck up across my kitchen walls. It's becoming an obsession with her to draw cats. I'm sure the novelty will fade soon as with everthing children do, but for now its good to be able to sit and draw with her when she comes to stay.
If your looking for an arts and craft book for smaller children to have a look at and try their hand at drawing then this book is great. Its something you can both get pleasure from doing together and its a cheap pastime.
I'm happy to recommend this book to you.
10 out of 10 this one gets for entertainment and price and the fact that my grandaughter and me can sit together and bond, after all time flys so quickly and before we know it she'll be out clubbing and won't have time for sitting in with nanna.
Have fun x
This is one of 4 books in the Usborne Playtime series of 'I Can...' books:
'I can draw people'
'I can draw animals'
'I can cut and stick'
'I can crayon'
- Content and Format -
The contents page at the front of the book offers a host of animals (16 in total) to learn how to draw: lion, cat, dolphin, lizard, rabbit, hen, teddy, tiger, fish, monkey, frog, horse, turtle, flamingo, reindeer and a bee.
Each animal is afforded a double page spread. There is a numbered step by step guide for each creature, with simple sentences and an accompanying drawing for each step in the sequence.
The drawings are very simple and achievable by children from about 5 years upwards and have actually come in very handy for me as I'm not very artistic at all! So many art and craft books aimed at children show beautiful, intricate drawings which I have found highly difficult for them to re-create which sometimes creates disappointment and frustration for the child. Not so with this one. There are also drawings on the page that show the animals in different poses, for example: a monkey swinging from a tree, hanging upside down by it's tail, a horse rearing and bucking and so on.
Crayons and felt tip pens in assorted colours along with white paper is all that's needed to re-create the animals in this book.
The only disadvantage from an educational perspective is that in order to make the pages look bright and more appealing to young children, some of the animals aren't the correct colour as there are purple and orange horses, however this doesn't detract from the usefulness of the book.
- Price -
RRP £3.99, ISBN: 0-7460-2943-8 but as is so often the case, amazon are selling these a lot cheaper, starting from £1.21.
- Overall -
I would highly recommend this book as a basic starting point to help children and perhaps some adults draw certain animals. Some children may not like the prescriptive nature of the book and prefer to draw their own creatures, however the children that I have used this with have been delighted with the results achieved by following the simple to follow steps and the fact that their drawings largely resemble those depicted in the book.
N.B. Review also appears on ciao