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Drawn Together
Contributor(s): L, Minh, Santat, Dan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1484767608     ISBN-13: 9781484767603
Publisher: Disney Pr
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: June 2018
Annotation: Struggling throughout a visit with his grandfather when they cannot speak each other's language, a young boy discovers their mutual love of art and storytelling during a shared session of drawing that helps them form a bond beyond words. Illustrated by the Caldecott Award-winning artist of The Adventures of Beekle. 35,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Communication; Fiction.
Art; Fiction.
Storytelling; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Art & Architecture
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016019315
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #4)

This story from Lê (Let Me Finish!), about a Thai-speaking grandfather and his assimilated American grandson, testifies to the mighty power of art. The opening sequence shows the boy getting dropped off by his mother and glumly ringing his grandfather's doorbell. A gulf of age and language separates the two. Though the grandfather is dressed in Western clothes, he puts his hands together in a traditional Thai greeting. In the panel artwork that follows, the grandfather's speech appears in Thai script, the boy's in English. In despair, the boy pulls out his sketchbook and draws a boy wizard with a peaked hat. Grandfather, it turns out, can draw, too. His wizard, clothed in magnificent Thai ceremonial garb, is a showstopper. A phantasmagoric duel begins: "All the things we could never say come pouring out." Santat's work dazzles with layers of color, exquisitely worked traditional designs, and ambitious scale. With the grandfather drawing in his idiom and the boy in his, the two defeat the dragon of difference that separates them and discover that they do not need to be able to speak in order to communicate. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Stephen Barbara, InkWell Management. Illustrator's agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 June)

PreS-Gr 2—An American-born child tells about his visit to his grandfather. Their meeting is awkward at first since the boy doesn't speak Thai; the older man doesn't speak English. The reluctant narrator's entrance into his grandfather's home begins before the title page and continues wordlessly in a series of panels. Different foods and television programs exacerbate their inability to communicate verbally, all depicted in spare text and panels of translucent illustrations. The boy gives up talking, instead opening his backpack to pull out a sketch of a superhero. He is surprised when his grandfather's sketchbook reveals another superhero, which leads them to discover "a world beyond words." The boy and his grandfather connect when creating an artful world: one colorful, childlike; the other in sophisticated black-and-white line drawings. When the magic seems to dissipate, a dragon enters and appears to separate them—but once again the pair is drawn together in a satisfying conclusion that requires few if any words. VERDICT This handsomely illustrated book is perfectly paced to express universal emotions that connect generations separated by time, experience, and even language. It is sure to appeal widely on many levels.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library

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