Drawn Together by M. Le

  • Darcy Courtland

Abstract

Le, Minh. Drawn Together. Illustrated by Dan Santat, Disney Hyperion, 2018.

Drawn Together is a work of art created by Minh Le, author of award winning, Let Me Finish!, and illustrated by Caldecott Medalist, Dan Santat.

This beautiful story depicts the cultural and linguistic divide between a young boy and his grandfather. The book invites the reader to walk alongside these two characters as they struggle with their differences only to stumble upon their similarities.

Bringing together two generations of artists, the story revels in the characters’ imaginations as they create a vivid world of artistic adventures and compassion. Inhibited by the linguistic barriers that once isolated the characters, Minh Le’s limited, yet well crafted, text serves to support Dan Santat’s captivating illustrations that “draw” the grandfather and young boy closer. Detailed facial expressions and rich illustrations heighten the reading experience and weave together a story that both literally and metaphorically bridges the space between a grandfather and his grandson.

Whether you are curling up with young ones at home or searching for a beautiful book for your classroom library, look no further. This one is guaranteed to draw you in!

Highly recommended: 4 out of 4 Stars
Reviewer: Darcy Courtland

Darcy Courtland loves a good picture book! After seven years in the classroom, Darcy has returned to the University of Alberta to pursue a PhD in Elementary Education. Always up for a new adventure, Darcy is excited to be furthering her education in language and literacy and Indigenous education.

Published
2019-05-16
How to Cite
Courtland, D. (2019). Drawn Together by M. Le. The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 8(4). https://doi.org/10.20361/dr29437
Section
Book Reviews