The First Drawingby Mordicai Gerstein (Author, Illustrator)
Imaginative and Compelling
“Imagine..” begins the author and takes you back 30,000 years ago during the stone age. Imagine you were born then.. born when “drawing” was not invented. Imagine that you are a kid who lives in a large cave with your parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins and your wolf!
You are a little kid who loves to watch animals and watch them for hours! You are a little kid who sees clouds drift above the valley. You see the shapes changing and they look like animals parading in the sky.
“Papa!” you call out. “Do you see that wooly mammoth in the sky there?” Papa looks at you and says “It looks like a cloud.”
“Mama! do you see this stone looks like a bear?” you ask. “It looks like a stone” she says.
“Look! galloping horses on the walls!” you exclaim. ” Go to sleep!” says everyone in the cave.
“Why can’t they see what I see?” you wonder.
Mordecai Gerstein draws you into the story of the Very First Drawing. Who made the first drawing he asks? Was it an adult or a kid? When did he make it? How did he make it? What triggered him to make the very first drawing?
Told in a second person narrative, Mordicai Gerstein asks the reader to put themselves in place of the boy who sees things and wants desperately for everyone else to see what he sees! Gerstein uses acrylics and black ink and pen drawings to complete this story with a prehistoric setting. Read “The First Drawing”. Find out what the little boy might have done and accidentally created the very first drawing.