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Andrew Draws
by David McPhail
David McPhail, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 7 1/2 x 9 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823430635 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Easy Readers, Art & Architecture
Recommendations: A, K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L.1.2, 4-6
RL.1.1-7, 9
W.1.1, 3, 5, 8
RF.1.1, 3-4

About the Book

Beloved author David McPhail tells the story of a small boy who does the extraordinary in this whimsical picture book that will remind readers of the power that both art and artist can wield.

When Andrew finds a crayon under the sofa, he puts it to use by scribbling on the floor. Mom is not happy, but Andrew's grandmother knows what to do. She gives him a pad of paper. From that day on, Andrew draws, and draws, and draws. He becomes so skilled that his work takes on a life of its own. "Oh my," says Grandmother when the bird Andrew draws her alights on her shoulder. Hearing of Andrew's remarkable artwork, the president calls with a question. Could Andrew use his ability to help the whole world?


"The story and its wild-haired protagonist are simply charming, and its lovely watercolor-and-line illustrations are sure to spark readers' imaginations. Inspiring."—Kirkus Reviews

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Who is the main character? Explain. How does Andrew change from the beginning to the end of the story? RL.K-1, 2, 3
2. What is Andrew's amazing ability? Find evidence from the story. RL.K-1.1, 3
3. If you could draw something that would help change the world, what would you draw? Write a few sentences and draw a picture. Share your idea with the class. Create a class book. W.K-1.1, 5, 8 / SL.K-1, 4, 5
4. What do you think Andrew drew for himself at the end of the story? What do you think will happen next? RL.K-1.1 / SL.K-1.1, 2, 4, 6