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Crescent Moon written and illustrated by Rachael Van Dyke

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To my father who encouraged me to create all that I could imagine.

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With your finger in the air, let's draw a

square...

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and

stretch

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it 10 feet tall!


Now imagine with me what color it could be

and paint your 10 foot wall!

and paint your 10 foot wall!

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With your finger in the air, let's build a roof,

a

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triangle 1, 2, 3.


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Let's put it on top, add a chimney,

kerplop!

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Step back, now what do you see?

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A house? A HOUSE. That's right, my Friend! But how do you enter in? Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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A DOOR! A DOOR! Let's draw some more! A

rectangle

- nice and thin.

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BUT, wait a minute, I can't get in it a doorknob is missing, oh my!

Let's walk into town, buy a

circle that's round...

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...screw it on and step inside! With your finger in the air, let's build some stairs,

squares stacked up real high!

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When you get to the ceiling,

carve a

circle

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...a beautiful midnight sky!

A star!

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A star!

And Jupiter and Mars! And Saturn with

oval rings!

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Slide down crescent moon, back into your room,

to a

rectangle bed

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of sweet dreams.

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Blue House, Lilac Bush, and Forget me Not acrylic on 20x20x2 wood cradle

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rectangle

square

triangle

circle

star

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With shapes you can draw anything you wish! Practice shapes by tracing the ones in this book. Try it with your finger in the air and then draw on paper with a crayon or pencil. Look for shapes all around your house, at the store, and especially in plants, animals, and the sky! Now draw anything you wish, by drawing basic shapes together!

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Meet the artist: Rachael Van Dyke lives with her husband in a tiny house in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her home is very tiny- about the size of most kitchens! It is also off the grid. That means, she collects rain water off the roof of her house to wash her dishes and clean her paint brushes. The house has electricity made from the sun using solar panels. Every day in the winter Rachael collects firewood and heats up her little house with a wood stove. Rachael's work is inspired by the many hikes she takes in the mountains. She also enjoys bicycling and photographing all of the beautiful old barns, farmhouses and animals in the fields. She is learning, just like you,how to make creative pictures using all kinds of shapes! Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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