The First Drawing
Little, Brown & Co., 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ver wonder who might have made the first drawing and what inspired the person to do so? Mordicai Gerstein takes the reader back over 30,000 years ago in this picture book to a cold cave where a little boy lives. Cave Boy loved to watch the animals that passed by the entrance to his home. He saw animal shapes in the clouds above and also in his dreams. Cave Boy was obsessed with animals.
hen one day Cave Boy encountered a gigantic creature. When he saw a woolly mammoth, the child was totally agog, but no one believed Cave Boy saw such a huge beast. So what did the little boy do? Why, he grabbed a burnt stick and began sketching the outline of the huge creature on the cave wall.
retty soon other members of the family were drawing on the wall and all sorts of animals began to appear. And, do you know what? They haven't stopped drawing and now thousands of years later we still make pictures of what we have seen, but today we don't usually draw them on the wall. We use paper or some other flat substance and we color them in too!
tilizing acrylics, pen and ink and colored pencils, Gerstein has created the illustrations for this wonderful book that takes us back to prehistoric times and recreates how, perhaps, the first cave drawing was made. Use this book as a catalyst to go online and check out some real cave drawings and learn more about this early art form.
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