by Elizabeth Rusch; Chad Cameron Book : Fiction : Primary school
A New Kind of Creativity   (2010-02-23)
Liza seems stuck in one mode: coloring mode. Every piece of paper she can find has been colored on, and all her coloring books are full. She turns around, and lo and behold, a blank wall! She gets to work with crayons in hand. Enter: mom. But Mom is really quite gracious, only confiscating the crayons. How can Liza possibly face a day with no crayons? However, she learns that the outdoors has many fascinating colors. She sketches a tree on the ground with a stick, then gathers leaves to fill it in. She rubs dandelions on her skin, her pants, her arms, and finds other colors (that may or may not wash out, but then that’s not the point!). Her names for colors are fascinating: laser lemon, dandelion yellow, jungle green, blue bell, meadow green, chocolate-brown, outrageous orchid, magic maize, wondermelon. She takes a red brick to draw red pictures on the sidewalk, and gathers pebbles and flower parts for designs on the steps. Her mom gives her the crayons back that evening. Liza isn’t as happy as you might think! She says: “Hmm, I think I can go one more day with no crayons.”
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