Amie was never interested in TV, but on the flights to and from Singapore she got hooked on the movie Monsters, Inc. She now asks to see it every day, but that’s not what this post is about. It’s about how much she loves those characters, talks about them all the time, pretends to play with them and be them, and today – just today, an hour or so ago – drew them.

This is Boo:

Boo! tadpole drawing by Amie 19 December 2007 (c) Katrien Vander Straeten

This is Sulley:

Sulley tadpole drawing by Amie 19 December 2007 (c) Katrien Vander Straeten

Methinks these drawings need no explaining! They all have their legs and arms, Sulley has his thick coat of blue hair, and “he’s scared of Boo, so he is screaming”.

When I asked her where their bodies are, she pointed to the heads and said: “There”. So they’re the typical tadpole figures any primer on children’s art begins with. She was already putting tadpoles together with play dough, but her control over pens wasn’t good enough, and until yesterday she was drawing stripes haphazardly.

Today she drew slowly and with care, explaining as she went along, needing no direction from me. She  even glanced at the DVD sleeve of the movie to see if she got it right, so there was no question of her intention to represent as closely as she could.

“Two eyes, one mouth, a nose, hai-ai-air, two legs, two arms – lo-o-ong… It’s Boo!”

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