I recently shared that my eight-year-old daughter has a new-found interest in art. Therefore the timing was perfect when I received a copy of Draw and Write Through History: Creation through Jonah from CPR Publishing, written by Carylee Gressman and illustrated by Peggy Dick. This series is targeted to children ages eight and up, but can be adapted for those a bit younger.
Each section begins with an introductory page about a certain time period in history. That is followed by several pages of items a child can draw that are related to that historical period. For example, the pages devoted to Noah’s Ark show how to draw several different animals. Numbered steps are given and demonstrated to make it easy to replicate the drawings. The last page of each section contains one or two paragraphs describing the designated time period written in cursive handwriting for a child to copy onto his own paper.
My favorite aspect of this book is that it’s written from a Christian, Biblical perspective. My daughter couldn’t wait to try it and easily followed the steps to create her own drawing of a plant from the section about creation.
Not only does the book address time periods in history as they relate to the Bible, it also details other historical facts. For example, before the section on the Israelites in slavery and their deliverance by Moses, Egyptian pyramids and mummies are introduced.
I would definitely recommend this book as a supplement to a history or art curriculum. The steps for drawing the pictures are so well demonstrated that I feel even I could copy them – and that’s saying something! I am confident that this book will get repeated use at our house.
Visit the Draw and Write Through History website for information on other books in the series. You can view a sample art lesson here or purchase the book here.
This is a Mama Buzz review. The product for this review was provided to me free of charge by CPR Publishing. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and I was not compensated for them in any other way.