Arjun and I read lots of books as part of our homeschool curriculum and writing book reports is one of the assignments that needs to be done on a regular basis. To add some life to these assignments we created a blog with Arjun’s audio reviews/reports of few of the many books we read. He is enjoying this activity and is getting a chance to practice speaking clearly, practice different accents, and so on. I encourage you to check it out: Children Books Reviews by Arjun Gupta.
Also, you can subscribe to the podcast of Children Books Reviews from iTunes Store for free.
Have you ever used salt in an art project? I have, and it was very fun. Read on, and you can make your own!
After I wrote Children of the Sun, my family and I thought it would be even better if we could get bold, colorful, vivid illustrations made for the book. We wanted these to be good illustrations, not just amateur drawings, but we also hoped it could be drawn by the hand of a child. Then, we were able to find the solution—our art teacher, Mrs. Vicki Farmer, would help us—that is, my younger brother Arjun and myself—make the illustrations. Thanks to her, this book has become enriched with these illustrations. Continue reading How to Make Your Own Illustration from Children of the Sun
When my brother wrote the poem “Children of The Sun,” we loved it so much that we wanted to get it illustrated. I really wanted to do the illustrations. So, my mother spoke to our art teacher, Ms. Vicki Farmer. She agreed and guided my brother and me in illustrating this poem. I was very excited when we started doing them. Here I’ll describe the steps of one of the illustrations done by me.Continue reading Have you ever used shaving cream for an art project?
Few years ago, Kabir had written a biography of his grandfather and we added loads of photos to this biography and got this book printed. We cherish this book and Kabir cherishes the experience of doing this project. So, we wanted Arjun to get this experience too. Arjun chose his grandmother as the subject but he didn’t want to write a biography. He wanted to write 10 short adventurous stories. That’s exactly what he did. Again, a project like this takes about 1-2 years but it’s worth it. We are so happy with both the process and the end result of this project.
Kabir wrote a poem on the Solar system and then both Kabir and Arjun created illustrations with the help of Mrs. Vicki Farmer. Here’s a little back-cover summary of the book.
Designed to introduce children to the solar system, this book attempts to teach facts about the planets around our sun, from Saturn’s Rings to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. However, in this case the story goes a step further. What if… every planet wasn’t just a sphere of rock or gas? If they each had personalities, what would they be like? Here is one artist’s attempt to represent their unique personalities, each with his or her own distinctive qualities and behaviors, through The Children of the Sun. Follow this poem through our solar system, and read for yourself these special virtues of each of the children of the Sun. At the same time, readers can learn scientific facts about the solar system. We hope that you may enjoy this poem, written and illustrated by children.