When children draw worlds/ Cand copiii deseneaza universuri

Crockett Johnson, Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harper Collins Publishers, 64p


Art is essential for children’s development. I have never thought that my daughter would be the next Picasso but I had no worries that she was going to ruin the walls or the furniture in the house with her painting. And she didn’t. I used to cover the floor in her room with paper so she could draw easily and have enough space and most of the time I have joined her and did my own drawings. I think children should be encouraged to make their own art but also enjoy the works of others.

Art is the perfect exercise for children’s emotional, motor and social development. One of my daughter’s teachers once explained how important the development of finger muscles is before children start school and learn to write. Most parents do not realize the effort kids do trying to hold the pencil correct and trace the letters. Making art, children develop their muscles and acquire a better control on their moves.

I was happy to present Harold and the Purple Crayon to my daughter and she has really enjoyed the book. Firstly, it was because purple is one of her favorite colors and all the illustrations are purple. Secondly, she was absorbed by Harold using his imagination and drawing the places he wanted to explore, the animals he wanted to meet or his best-loved food.

Making long story short, the book is about little Harold who one evening, taking his purple crayon, decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. He begins creating a world of his own by drawing it. First, he draws the moon, then a path, an apple tree, a frightening dragon to guard the apple tree, a boat to cross the ocean, his favorite pie, and some animals to join him for lunch. Finally, he draws his way back home, makes his bed and drops off to sleep.

Harold creates a beautiful story just by being let to be. Nobody interrupts his creative process and the result is fantastic, a gem in one color.


Crockett Johnson, Harold si creionul mov

Editura Arthur, 2015

Arta este esentiala pentru dezvoltarea copiilor. Nu am crezut niciodata ca fiica mea va fi urmatorul Picasso, dar nici nu am avut temeri ca va distruge peretii sau mobila din casa incercand sa le picteze. Si nu a facut-o. Obisnuiam sa acopar  podeaua din camera ei cu coli mari din hartie, si asa avea suficient spatiu sa poata desena. De cele mai multe ori desenam alaturi de ea. Si asta pentru ca mi se pare important sa incurajam copiii sa produca propriile desene, dar si sa invete sa priveasca creatiile celorlalti.

Arta este exercitiul perfect pentru dezvoltarea emotionala, motorie si sociala a copiilor. Una dintre profesoarele fiicei mele ne-a explicat odata cat de importanta este dezvoltarea musculaturii degetelor inainte ca toti copiii sa inceapa scoala si sa invete sa scrie. Majoritatea parintilor nu realizeaza efortul pe care copiii il fac incercand sa tina creionul corect sau trasand literele. Desenand, copiii isi dezvolta musculatura si dobandesc control mai mare asupra propriilor miscari.

M-am bucurat sa ii pot citi fiicei mele Harold si creionul mov si chiar i-a placut. In primul rand i-a placut pentru ca toate ilustratiile sunt mov, iar mov este una dintre culorile ei preferate, si in al doilea rand, a fost fascinata de cum Harold, folosindu-si imaginatia, a putut ajunge in toate locurile pe care si-a dorit sa le exploreze, a vazut animalele preferate sau a mancat ce ii placea cel mai mult.

Pe scurt, povestea este despre micutul Harold care, intr-o seara, luandu-si creionul mov, iese la o plimbare sub clar de luna. Desenand, incepe sa isi creeze propriul univers. Mai intai deseneaza luna, apoi o poteca, un mar, un balaur fioros care sa pazeasca merele, o barca sa poata traversa oceanul, niste animale care sa il acompanieze la pranz. In final isi deseneaza drumul spre casa, patul si apoi adoarme.

Harold deseneaza o poveste frumoasa pentru ca este lasat sa fie el insusi. Nimeni nu ii intrerupe procesul creator, iar rezultatul este o minunatie intr-o culoare.


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