Drawn Togetherby Minh Le, Dan Santat Published 05 Jun 2018
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When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.
With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.
"Drawn Together" Reviews
Grandpa and boy can't communicate--language barrier, but one day Grandpa sees the kid drawing, he brings out some of his drawings, they draw together, and in the process become more closely "drawn together," heh.
One curious thing is that Le tells this story but does not draw it, making this fiction, I suspect. Caldecott medalist Dan Santat does the illustration, which happens in two styles, the boy's contemporary style comics and Grandpa's classically historical Asian illustration, which in the drawing together blend somewhat, which I like.
Drawn Together is a new children's picture book from author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat.
Before Little Guy and Gramma turned the first page we talked about the images on the cover - what would we find inside. As well as the dual meaning of 'drawn'.
Who do you think the two people on the cover could be? What about the 'elf' with the wand be? And the 'scary' black and white character? The flyleaf has some crayon scribble illustrations that are so real, Little Guy thought someone had colored inside!
There is very little text in Drawn Together, asking the reader to tell much of the story through observing, imagining and wondering about the illustrations. What a great idea! The Grandpa and grandson have differences - food, language, interests etc. Little Guy is quite intuitive when it comes to facial expressions and really focused on these. We kept turning pages asking each other - what do you think?
They discover they can communicate through drawing. "All the things we could never say come pouring out....and we build a new world that words can't describe." Heroes and mythical creatures illustrate the connection and divide between the two. Little Guy is quite literal and was a bit frightened by the dragon. But subsequent pages have the dragon defeated and the distance between the two conquered.
Gramma thought the concept of Drawn Together was excellent - one that can be used in so many life situations. Caldecott Medalist Santat's illustrations are detailed and very beautiful - a perfect accompaniment.
Gorgeous book! I don’t think I could do it justice in storytime, so I’ll just have to talk it up to EVERYONE
Very cute, I love the mixing of styles. I almost wish it was wordless though. The art feels strong enough to support it.
Wow! With few words, this children’s book shows us the power of unspoken language. I loved how the novel came alive, as each of the characters grabbed their choice of writing instruments to draw and to connect to each other. The years faded between the grandfather and his grandson as they sketched and united on paper.
Mother dropped her son off at her father’s house and immediately you can sense the dread the boy feels as he trudged up to his grandfather’s door. Grandfather is excited to see his grandson but the differences become apparent as you turn the pages. They each speak a different language, the food grandfather prepares for each of them is different, and what they want to watch on TV is different, there is not much excitement in this reunion. The young boy grabs his backpack and goes to the table and sits down. He pulls out blank pieces of papers and markers and he begins to draw himself as a superhero. Grandfather comes over and glances over the boy’s shoulder, sparks fly. Grandfather grabs his drawing supplies and returns. Soon the two of them are creating their own world on paper. Two unique superheroes battling a colorful world of creatures where only these two know what lies ahead. The night ends differently than how it started and I am sure this boy will soon be asking his mother when he can visit his grandfather again.
What a cute, children’s book about a grandfather and his grandson. I loved how they bridged the gaps they had in their relationship and the illustrations were fun and detailed. An excellent children’s book with few words but a great message.
A grade school age boy is dropped off at his Grandfather's house for a habitual visit. Although the grandpa greets him with a big smile, the boy appears slightly annoyed and downcast. As they sit down for dinner with radically different dishes, the reader finds out that the Grandpa doesn't speak English and the boy doesn't speak Vietnamese. As the day/weekend progress and the communication barrier grows, the boy pulls out his drawing supplies with a smile and creates a wizard version of himself. His grandpa grabs a seat next to him and draws his own superhero version of himself. Through their drawings, they are finally able to connect and have a shared experience.
A beautiful depiction of the language barrier between family members and how we can connect with each other in more ways than words. A short story for the older kids but may be a relevant topic in their lives.
Reviewed by: Miss Kelsey, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library