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Children’s drawing can be lovely, but it can also be very odd. Stick figures without bodies abound. And if there are bodies, that does not guarantee arms. Figures may be clothed, but then the body may be visible beneath, as if viewed through an X-ray machine. If there are houses with chimneys, the chimneys will usually be perpendicular to the roof line, not the ground line. All these peculiarities, and many more, are comfortably familiar, but totally mysterious. What is it about the child’s mind, eye, and hand that leads him to draw as he does?
In Children Drawing Jacqueline Goodnow offers several new and revealing answers to these questions and backs up her views with a highly readable account of her extensive research. The result is a rich book, full of charming illustrations and interesting ideas about children’s artwork which should give parents, teachers, and psychologists a useful way to view what children are doing when they draw.