On the path, I look back and see my school. My school has almost nothing. A blackboard, some chairs. And it has a teacher, and a Brontosaurus that’s as big as a mountain.
Drawing Outdoors is a lovely story about a young girl living in a remote area of the world and attending a fantastical school with an imagination-inducing teacher. When the class goes out to draw pictures of the outdoors, this isn’t a regular trip to capture nature; they are seeing dinosaurs as they would have been. The reader is invited to see a Brontosaurus taking a drink from the river and a Triceratops posing majestically on a rock. The adventure continues when the wind starts blowing through the trees, revealing a Tyrannosaurus rex! Although some of the students are afraid and run back to the school, the bravest choose to stay and capture the incredible sight of the beast.
Suddenly the sky grows dark. “What’s that?” “Is it a storm coming teacher?” “No! Look. Up there! Pterodactyls are covering the sun.”
This picture book is an ode to the teachers we are gifted with in our journey through school. Some of us attended big-city schools with playgrounds and activities, but this book gives us a view of another school, one without the extras, a school with a teacher who sparks conversation and creativity and an appreciation for their surroundings.
Drawing Outdoors has beautiful, colorful illustrations and the bonus of being also available in Spanish as Dibujando en el Campo.
Based in Manitoba, Shelly Quade is the Talent Labs Manager for the Whistler Film Festival. From her remote office, surrounded by books, she helps train and promote Canadian storytellers.