Monday, March 19, 2018

Drawn Together By Minh Lê

Drawn Together
by Minh Lê
Illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781484767603

I love having a partnership with Disney Publishing! They've got such a wonderful selection of books that appeal to all families. Children of all ages will love reading this book when it comes out in June. I was able to receive an advance copy to check it out before it's actually released.


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.

My Review:

Sometimes grandparents and grandchildren have a hard time relating to each other. Imagine not even speaking the same language as your grandparent. A young boy spends time with his grandpa. Neither of them speak the same language. Frustrating to say that least for each of them.

It turns out they have something in common that goes beyond words. The grandson draws with color and grandpa pulls out his inkwell and a pen. They come together to tell a story that incorporates both of them. Just when they think they're being drawn together that great divide begins to show up, but this time they each have a new perspective which can bring them close together again.

The artwork is incredible! I love how the story is told through art. The vivid colors and the contrast of the black & white work wonderfully together to tell the different views and life experiences of the grandson and grandpa. There are a few words, but that's to guide the reader to know what's happening in the grandson's mind. I think multicultural families would be able to relate to this if they have family members who don't speak the same languages as the younger generation.

About the Author:

With spare, direct text by Minh  and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.


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