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When language barriers exist across generations, there are many other things that can be done which allow two people to be Drawn Together. When a young boy goes to visit his grandfather, their communication comes in the form of a different kind of art that isn’t language, and they are Drawn Together with their sketch books and art. I am a first generation Russian-American, my Mama, grandmother and great-grandmother only spoke Russian. I learned Russian because of the amount of time I spent with my great-grandmother while my mother worked.
Drawn Together Across Generations And Language Barriers
I recall a time when I was sitting in the back of my great-grandmother’s building, and she was sitting on a bench with another older lady who was of Asian descent. Neither spoke English, neither spoke a common language, but somehow they found a way to communicate. It is a memory that I have carried with my all my life, and a lesson I learned in that language is not the only form of communication. Across generations and language barriers, people can always find a way to be Drawn Together, especially through art or visual cues.
When my girls were little I used sign language as a means of communication to help them tell me what they needed. I taught them the basic sign language I learned through Baby Sign Language books you can purchase just for this purpose. Just as we find ways to communicate with our children before they develop language, we can find ways to communicate with others. Drawn Together by Minh Le reminds us that communication comes in many forms and connecting with those we love can break language barriers.
About Drawn Together
Author Minh Lê and Caldecott-winning illustrator Dan Santat join forces in a heartwarming story of a grandfather and his grandson as they learn to overcome their language barrier through a shared love of art and storytelling. 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 picture book about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come. Drawn Together is recommended for children ages 3-5 and you can find more great picture books for young children here.
About the Author
Minh Lê is a writer but, like his grandfather, is a man of few words. He is a national early childhood policy expert, author of Let Me Finish! (illustrated by Isabel Roxas), and has written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. A first-generation Vietnamese-American, he went to Dartmouth College and has a master’s in education from Harvard University. Outside of spending time with his beautiful wife and sons in their home near Washington, DC, Minh’s favorite place to be is in the middle of a good book. Visit Minh online at minhlebooks.com or on Twitter @bottomshelfbks. Minh Lê’s debut, Let Me Finish!, received critical acclaim, and this new picture book once again demonstrates his sensitivity to readers and mastery of the form.
About the Illustrator
Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Award-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as The Cookie Fiasco, After the Fall, and others. He is also the creator of Disney’s animated hit, The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and a menagerie of pets. Visit him at dantat.com.
Dan Santat’s illustrations are robust, vibrant, and packed with emotion, a perfect match for Minh Lê’s poignant, and ultimately cheerful, story. Learn about the Drawn Together art process from Dan Santat himself!
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Drawn Together & Art Easel Prize Pack Giveaway
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