by Rosa M. Curto
Back Cover: The red fairy loves to watch her flowers bloom! Learn to create your own fairy world by following easy step-by-step directions. In Draw the Magic Red Fairy, you can draw tasty cookies, colorful beetles, pretty dresses and parasols, fun fairy friends, and much more. Let your imagination fly!!
What Kids Will Learn
Draw the Magic Red Fairy is a systematic drawing lesson. Beginning with simple shapes—circle, triangle, square—, kids will learn how to draw simple objects such as cookies, hearts, gingerbread men, and various types of bread loaves, and cushions. These are the simple items every fairy needs in her fairy-home.
Next, items that are more complex by adding those simple shapes together are taught. Fairies need the gardening tools, wheelbarrows, pots, and flowers combining one or two simple shapes will make.
Even more complex objects—dresses and parasols—combine the beginning shapes with ovals and curves to make the comfortable dresses and the sun-shading parasols all fairies need. Beetles, most with bright cheerful eyes and six legs, mushroom and fruit of various types, and colorful fish, including the clownfish, are the next things kids will learn to draw. Each of these items is important to one of the fairies in Draw the Magic Red Fairy.
Finally, the most important lesson is learning how to draw the fairies. Included in Draw the Magic Red Fairy are the Fairy of Small Spells, Fairy Valerie, Fairy Annabelle, and, of course, the Red Fairy. To get from one far place to another, the fairies need some kind of transport vehicle. For long trips, fairies get around the same way as humans—they fly! Okay, not exactly like humans. Fairies do not take off their shoes and go through security or get into a jumbo jet or a 747. Fairies fly by eagle! Kids will learn how to draw Eddie the Eagle, the fairy transport vehicle for long distances.
The author has also included a spread showing kids how changing just the eyes, or nose, or mouth can give them a completely different face. Then she shows them how to draw and make garlands and lamps. I suppose fairies might use these for parties.
Draw the Magic Red Fairy does a great job showing kids how to take simple objects they know how to draw and put them together to make objects that are more complicated. These building blocks are the basis for every illustration ever drawn. Getting this concept firmly attached inside the right side of a kid’s brain will help them be better artists for their own enjoyment and may possibly lay an egg for a career in art.
I like this series. It is fun and easy to learn. The concept of learning to draw simple objects and then using those to draw more complicated is a theory that I learned in my college level art course. It is amazing what someone with no art talent can draw after getting this theory of simple shapes onto simple shapes into the right side of her brain. (click on sticky)
The Draw the Magic Fairy series also includes Draw the Blue Fairy, Draw the Pink Fairy, and Draw the Green Fairy. Any kid can take these books and learn how to draw. This obviously includes boys, but I think girls will be more drawn to this series. Ms. Curto is also the author of another new drawing series called the Fun and Easy Drawing. This series will probably suit boys better than Draw the Magic Fairy. The latter series includes Fun and Easy Drawing at Sea, . . . Fantasy Characters, and . . . on the Farm. I think The Draw the Magic Fairy is the easiest way to learn, sans natural talent and kids will have fun using this series to learn.
Released June 2013
Ages: 5 to 8
© 2013 by Enslow Elementary, used with permission
Text & Illustrations: Copyright © 2013 by Rosa M Curto
Enslow Elementary is an imprint of Enslow Publishing