The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco (2012) is the true story of the art teacher that inspired the author and children’s book illustrator to become an artist. I found this book while looking for books for an assignment on family picture books throughout the decades. I have to admit that I was hoping for a good Chinese character because of the title, and I wasn’t disappointed. The title character is a Chinese woman, but the nice thing about Polacco’s portrayal of her is that she’s just another character in a touching book who happens to be Chinese.
This is a great picture book to inspire kids to overcome obstacles to follow their dreams. I also discovered later that Polacco was also the author of a childhood favorite of mine, The Keeping Quilt.
This post is my Blogging from A to Z entry for the letter A.