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Joseph the Canada Goose

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Publisher: How Great Thou Art Publications
Author: Barry Stebbing
Illustrator: Barry Stebbing

List Price: Spiral bound softcover: $12.95

Ages: 9-11 Years

Reviewed By: Sarah Bailey


Joseph, The Canada Goose is an art curriculum from Barry Stebbing and How Great Thou Art Publications that uses a story to teach children (ages 4 to 8) how to begin drawing. There are 39 lessons that go along with the story, and seven extra optional lessons to continue practicing drawing skills, using what was learned in the rest of the text. The story is in the front with the corresponding lesson number given at the bottom of the page, so it can be turned to in the back of the book. The author suggests you read a page of the story each day and then do the art lesson, read the next page the next day and do that lesson and so on. For some children it may be best to read the story in its entirety first, and then go back and do the lessons, either daily or weekly – depending on how the child’s schedule is set up.

The text is in black and white and the print is easy to read for those who are just beginning to read, enabling them to work independently if they are able. The story is illustrated with artwork by Barry Stebbing as well as children who have done the lessons, along with their names and ages. This feature will enable children to see how everyone draws and designs differently without feeling like they are failing at art. The lessons begin simply, such as drawing some of Mr. Elmer’s tools that he uses in carpentry, drawing horizontal strokes, drawing a sad and happy Joseph and more. The optional lessons involve drawing a self-portrait, drawing and coloring a flower, or drawing other items that are found in the child's surroundings.

At the end of the text, there is an included student sketch book that the child can use while drawing outside or around the house to make it easy to keep drawing paper near them. The lessons can be reproduced for in home use making it easy to make a copy in case of a mistake, or for other children who may want to join in. The only supplies needed for the child to complete the lessons are colored pencils and a black drawing pen, and paper if the student doesn’t want to work in the book. Joseph, The Canada Goose is a fun and engaging art curriculum that blends storytelling and drawing for retention.

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Available From: How Great Thou Art Publications
Address: Box 48 Mc Farlan, NC 28102
Phone: 1.800.982.DRAW (3729)
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Sarah Bailey
I am a homeschooling mom in our second year. I am eclectic in our approach and use what works for each child. My husband and I have been married 8 year and we have 3 blessings from the Lord.
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