Non-Fiction | 17 March 2016Doodle Magic Monsters Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Here’s a look at a fun new book format — combining drawing and science! Kids learn about different animals and aspects nature while also developing drawing skills with Doodle Magic Monsters by Srimalie Bassani! Educators aften look for ways to integrate art and science — and drawing is a logical place to start. Doodle Magic Monsters, available only in the UK, teaches kids different facts about things found with animals and within nature. Here are a couple of samples from the book. Could you come up with a few ideas as well? The first set of pages looks at the tails of animals, and how different animals use their tails for different things. “Animal tails Tails come in all shapes and sizes, and are useful in many different ways. Cats signal with their tails. Raccoons store fat in their tails to keep the warm! A fox’s tail keeps him warm. A squirrel’s tail helps her to balance. A peacock uses his tail to get noticed! An anteater’s tail helps him to balance when he stands on two legs.” “Which of the animals on the opposite page has a tail like this one? Can you add the animal to the tail?” Bugs find their way into this book as well! “Bugs and leaves. Bugs love leaves. Some eat them, some lay eggs on them, and some use them to build homes! Leaf worm, Bee, Bee-fly, Caterpillar, Ladybug, Spider, Snail, Butterfly Slug, Dragonfly.” “Can you draw each of the bugs on this leaf? Then lift the page and see them fly away!” The following page gives instructions and diagrams for how to draw a cuddly bear. “1. Start with the tummy. 2. Then add the legs. 3. Add the arms. 4. Draw the head. 5. Add two furry ears. 6. Draw the outline of the snout. 7. Add the other features. 8. Finally, add the shaggy coat.” You Can Draw Penguins! “1. Draw the body. 2. Add the flippers. 3. Shade the belly. 4. Add the feet. 5. Add the beak. 6. Draw the eyes and eyebrows. 7. Dot in the feathers. 8. Now give her some dinner!” “Penguins are sociable animals and like to hang out together in large groups. Did you know there aren’t any penguins at the north pole?” The back of this book features different cut outs for masks and finger puppets! Doodle Magic Monsters Author: Srimalie Bassani Format: Hardback, 64 pages ISBN: 9781784934514 Publisher: QED Publishing Pub date: Apr. 21, 2016 Buy from an online retailer Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.