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Summary: This is a book that uses stick figures and basic shapes to help children learn to draw more complicated pictures. This is an interactive book to teach drawing.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 7 to 10
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: This was too complicated for my son to use.
Adult Reader Reaction: While Mr. Emeberley works with some stick figure designs, he cleverly weaves in triangles, circles, rectangles and squares to make learning fun and easy.
Pros: Every little artist will enjoy the simple step-by-step drawings and colorful illustrations that Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Trucks and Trains contains. Smaller children will learn new words while their older siblings can use the book to learn how to draw more complicated pictures than just stick figures.
Cons: An age recommendation on the book itself would make buying the book a little easier for parents and gift-giving relatives. On Amazon the target age is 4to 8, but it was too complicated for my almost four-year-old son to use.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. You will probably want to gauge your child's ability to draw the objects before investing in this book.