Dawn DeVries Sokol


Linking a Review with AJF

So today’s Art Journal Fridays might be a bit of a stretch, but I want to link it with literature. My friend, Jennifer Adams, who is also my book editor, has published a book herself called Little Miss Austen: Pride and Prejudice. This boardbook is part of a new series called BabyLit Books™, a way for parents to introduce their kids to literature.

These books were touted on Facebook and someone I know responded by asking how do you tell the story of Romeo and Juliet to a baby since it ends so badly? So I was really curious to get this book for review.

BabyLit Books™ are counting books, taking elements of the story and turning them into a counting format. I LOVE this idea. It brings these stories into young lives through a way they can understand. The whole story isn't told, but represented in a context children can relate to and still learn from. The illustrations by Alison Oliver are adorable! Even though I don’t have kids, I will treasure this book. Not just because my friend wrote it, but because Pride and Prejudice is a story I love, and this is a beautiful version of it!

So how does this link to Art Journal Fridays?

Take a story that you love and journal about it, whether it be a children’s book, Shakespeare, or something you just read. Let it influence the color palette and doodling on your page. Maybe it’s Harry Potter (since it’s the big weekend) and you use Gryffindor colors on the page. Or it’s Pride and Prejudice and you doodle hearts, flowers and use colors from that era. Whatever works!