Synopses & Reviews
Sara has had a terrible day, and to top it off, her teacher has chosen her to create the most wonderful painting for the second -- grade art show. Sara decides to paint the entire universe, but how does she begin to paint something that is so big?
Everyone has advice for Sara, but it is up to her to figure out how to begin. Sara discovers that procrastination and creative block are part of the process of starting her picture, as any artist knows.
Begin at the Beginningoffers a universal message about creativity and how every little artist experiences life.
"Sure to become a new classic." Kirkus Reviews
"For anyone who has struggled with the creative process." The Horn Book
"This gentle, supportive message for young art students or weekend doodlers is suitable for all libraries." School Library Journal
"As relevant as ever." Publishers Weekly
In this appealing story of a little girl who is selected by her teacher to do the class painting for an art show, Schwartz portrays the frustrations of the creative process and how a lesson in life is learned when that process is jump-started. Full color.
About the Author
is the author and illustrator of many picture books for children, Including Things I Learned In Second Grade; The Boys Team; Bea and Mr. Jones,
a Reading Rainbow feature; A Teeny Tiny Baby
(a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year); some babies, its sequel; and what james likes best, recipient of the Charlotte Zolotow Award.
Amy's thoughtful exploration of creativity, Begin at the Beginning, originally published in 1983, was the second book she illustrated. For this new edition, she has created bright new artwork. Amy lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.