Ready to Dream by Donna Jo Napoli

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With the power of creativity comes the ability to dream big . . .

Ally and her mother are visiting Australia for the summer, and she can’t wait to start drawing all the new animals that she’ll see. But when Ally meets Pauline, an Aboriginal woman who’s also an artist, she learns that art isn’t always created with just paper and paints, and that mistakes are actually happy accidents. Donna Jo Napoli and her daughter were inspired to write this story after spending many summers in Australia, and Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Bancroft’s dynamic illustrations bring to life this inspiring story about creativity and imagination.

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Award-winning author DONNA JO NAPOLI has written dozens of books for children and teens, including Smile, Bound, and Albert. Donna Jo lives in the Philadelphia area. ELENA FURROWis Donna Jo's daughter and a first-time author. She lives with her family in Missoula, Montana, where she works as a physician. BRONWYN BANCROFT is an Aboriginal artist and designer whose work has been displayed all over the world. She has illustrated more than a dozen books for children, including Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein. She lives with her three children in Sydney, Australia.
Published January 6, 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books.

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Pauline leads Ally to understand the uniquely Aboriginal belief that art is a metaphysical process in which the essence of the subject is manifested in each painted image (i.e., a painting of a koala on eucalyptus bark curls just like the koala curls when sleeping).

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