Draw the Line
by Otoshi, Kathryn






A powerful and poignant picture book about forgiveness from Kathryn Otoshi, author of the bestselling book One.





Kathryn Otoshi is an award-winning author/illustrator, best known for her character-building number/color book series: One, Zero, and Two. She is also the co-author of Beautiful Hands, a book about possibilities and reaching your dreams. She travels across the country to encourage children to develop strong character traits and to help readers find creative methods to engage and connect with their students through the power of reading, art, and literature. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.





Otoshi packs a powerful message into a short series of wordless images. Two young boys with differing skin tones peacefully draw lines on the ground. Coming from opposite directions, they back into each other. Realizing neither meant harm, they join their lines and magically lift them off the ground, turning the lines into a rope. Conflict erupts, however, and the rope frays, then splits, and then opens into a deep chasm. The more the boys argue, the larger the distance between them grows. Eventually they come to a place where they are able to bridge the gap, but must actively work together to do so. What looks like pastels and watercolors are used throughout the simple illustrations to reflect changes in mood and emotion. When the boys are happy, hints of yellow surround them. Purple, which darkens to black, emphasizes their anger. While young children can easily follow the straightforward message about conflict resolution, older children and adults will find discussion material about the difficult issues that can divide friends, families, groups of people, or even countries. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.





A wordless musing on the nature of disagreements and friendship.Two children, of differing skin tones, one with a shock of black hair and the other with a shock of light, draw lines on the ground. Loops and folds curl round each other until—amid a smack of violet watercolor backdrop—the lads bump into each other. Rueful surprise turns into pure glee when the children realize that if they connect their lines they can pick them up and play. Otoshi's landscape-oriented spreads make expert use of the book's gutter, each child on either side, with only the line allowed to cross. Emotions change when one child accidentally knocks the other over (the angry violet cloud appears again). Each tenaciously grabs hold of the line and pulls mightily. This fierce tug of war causes a crevice to appear in the gutter, feeding on anger, growing larger and larger. Clenched fists and taut muscles seethe with rage. But then, silence. The line they had been holding is now the horizon, w ith a spot of bright yellow peeking through the violet. One moment is all that is needed to choose to let go, mend rifts, and walk into future possibilities with a friend. Otoshi's fluid watercolors are sheer loveliness, surpassed only by her ability to communicate big concepts with no words. A simple, beautiful concept whose reach grows with each rereading. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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