Sunday, September 20, 2009

Christoph Niemann and The Book-Toothed Dinosaur

Last spring I noticed an article in the New York Times describing the renovation of some children's libraries in the Bronx. When I saw his "Book-Toothed Dinosaur," I e-mailed the artist, Christoph Niemann, to tell him that I loved his mural. He replied and offered to let us to make a print so that we could enjoy his work in our library, too. Long time Parish teacher, Marilyn Calwell, provided for the printing and framing as a retirement gift to the library. Perfect! You'll smile when you see this big dino...look closely!

Christoph Niemann has a great new book out. The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters will be a favorite read-aloud during story time this year. When the second graders begin their study of Ancient China, they will love rereading this book and looking closely at how the artist incorporates Chinese characters into his illustrations in a way that shows how they resemble the things that they symbolize. This book will make you want to learn more about Chinese writing and maybe even give it a try yourself!

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