Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: April Wilson's Magpie Magic

Published in 1999, April Wilson's Magpie Magic: A Tale of Colorful Mischief has wonderful colors and pictures that are in black and white until the artist goes to work with color pencils. The artist draws a magpie - a noisy trouble making bird. This magpie is no different, and as soon as the artist finishes drawing it, it flies off the page.

In an effort to coax it back, the artist draws bright red cherries. The bird thwarts the plans of the artist until the artist is quite upset with the Magpie.

Wordless books are wonderful for helping a child's ability to observe and tell a story. The drawings in this book only show the hands of the artist and the bird and its antics, but the hands show so much emotion. Hands are not easy to draw, so for April Wilson to use the hands to show the personality and moods of the artist is pretty amazing.

You will love the art in this story and how fun the story is.

This is one of my favorite wordless books. See more of April Wilson's amazing art Here.

Read to a child today even if that child is you.

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