Book Review: DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing

Title: DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing
Author: Michal Bogin Feinberg, Rony Bogin
Genre: Non-Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The book “DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing” deals with the process and the meaning of the development of drawing in children aged one-and-a-half to six. This new way of observing the drawings – with curiosity, enthusiasm, and excitement from experiencing the moment and acceptance – grants the child the validation of being loved and understood, and increases his desire for creation, self-expression and communication.

In language suitable for everyone, the book exposes the reader to the secret of the fixed order of the development of children’s drawings, of all its stages and meanings. Understanding the stages of the motor and emotional development of children’s drawings, and unraveling the encounter, as well as the connection between them, will generate a new interest in observing your child’s drawings, and also provide you with the tools to understand his emotional world.

It is an important tool for every parent who wants to raise a child who can communicate with the world openly, and with confidence. Even though this is considered a “childlike” process, this unique observation also contributes to understanding the emotional world of the adult, as it is reflected in mature drawings, and even, occasionally, opens a window to the experience of observing the art of drawing in general.

All – or at least, most – kids love to draw, even when they’re at a young age and the drawings don’t actually look like any figures yet. In DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing, the author investigates the development of drawing in children aged from 1,5 years to 6 years.

The author also tries to inspire people to look at the drawings in a different way, and not just judging if they’re good or bad, but seeing them as a way for the child to show his/her desire for creation, self-expression and even communication. By describing different stages in the process of drawing, as a child matures, the author describes every step along the way, making this an important book for parents of young children.

The most important parts about the book, for me, was how they thought: do not judge. Let your children draw, look at the drawings, appreciate them for what they are. Don’t judge about their quality or contents.

Parents, child carers, teaches, should all read this book and learn more about the drawing process of young children.

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