May 23, 2011

A Kid's Guide to Drawing the U.S. Presidents

Last week, Timberdoodle sent us this drawing book, How to Draw the Life and Times of Richard M. Nixon to review. This is a small part of the series, A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America, which is a 42 volume set that Timberdoodle has on sale for the deeply discounted price of $195. These books are out of print, and Timberdoodle only has a limited supply. You can also buy some of them individually for $9.95.
The fun thing about these books are that they combine history with art. It begins with an overview of the president's life, and a "supply list" as well as a demonstration of the shapes and terms the children need to know to complete the drawings. Then, for the drawing lessons, one page has a bit of biography about the president, and the other page has a "how to draw" lesson featuring an item taken from the history lesson. Each lesson has between 4 and 8 steps, depending on the complexity of the drawing.

We sat down and I read through the book aloud, and then talked the kids through the drawing of a pumpkin. The pumpkin was taken from the story of Whitaker Chambers, who hid microfilm of U.S. government documents in a hollowed-out pumpkin on his farm.

They used their pencils to follow the drawing instructions, then they broke out the crayons and added a little color.




Kaytie then chose to follow the instructions on how to draw an elephant. The elephant being a symbol of the Republican party, it is an obvious choice for this book.

My kids enjoyed looking at and reading this book, as well as the artwork, but, as you can see, we are possibly a little young for the complexity of the drawings.

These are very cool books, and there is a limited supply, so hurry and check them out! And while you are at it, go investigate Timberdoodle's other History and Art curriculum!

As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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