Join author and illustrator Ruth Chan for Ready Set Draw! and a lesson in using watercolor paints to create your own version of Mr. Tortoise from the new picture book Ruth illustrated, HOW OLD IS MR. TORTOISE? Follow along using Ruth’s top tips — take your time, and remember we are all our own type of artist, so everyone’s work will look slightly different!
Here’s what you need to create Mr. Tortoise:
- A marker
- Watercolor (or other) paints
- A paint brush
- A cup of water
- A surface to mix your paints on
We’d love to add your artwork to the Ready Set Draw! Art Gallery!
Post your paintings on our KidLit TV Facebook page OR use the hashtag #ReadySetDraw on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter so we can find you!
We can’t wait to see what you’ve made!
About the Book
From the author of I Don’t Want to Be a Frog comes a hilarious new picture book that asks readers to solve one very important mystery
It’s Mr. Tortoise’s birthday, and he can’t wait to eat cake with his friends. But there’s a hitch! Mr. Tortoise can’t remember how old he is, so his friends don’t know how many candles to put on the cake. And they won’t stop (or slice) until they figure out the mystery.
Could Mr. Tortoise be as many years old as there are sections on his shell? He’s twice as big as the smaller tortoise . . . so is he twice as old? After the partygoers work through a variety of possibilities, they find their way to the answer with a simple bit of addition.
With text from I Don’t Want to Be a Frog author Dev Petty and hilarious graphic novel–style illustrations from Ruth Chan, How Old Is Mr. Tortoise? will have readers guessing the answer from beginning to end.
About Ruth Chan
Ruth Chan is an illustrator and author who spent her childhood tobogganing in Canada, her teens in China, a number of years studying art and education, and a decade working with youth and families in underserved communities. She now writes and illustrates full-time in Brooklyn NY.
Sponsored by ABRAMS
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