07/16/14 By Beth Bauer
"There are two things you can never have too many of: good friends and good shoes."
And so begins a look at one of the most fashionable friendships ever: Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. These classic Disney characters have been best friends long before Mickey and Donald were ever in the picture. The book Learn to Draw Minnie & Daisy: Best Friends Forever chronicles their stylish world with step-by-step instructions for drawing their favorite fashions and accessories.
Because color means everything in fashion design, your little fashionista will love learning about color basics. The book offers a great explanation of the color wheel so children can learn about the relationships between colors and how they interact with one another.
Another piece of fashionable advice? Budding designers should become familiar with different patterns and textures to add dimension to any apparel. With a little pattern power, your child may soon be helping Minnie and Daisy accessorize with a plaid hairbow or a sporty denim jacket.
I also love how the book captures Minnie and Daisy's distinct personalities and fashion likes/dislikes. For example, "Minnie never misses a chance to get dressed up" and "she always manages to look cute and girly." Or, "Daisy is always up for an adventure!" and "she loves to be in the spotlight and isn't afraid to speak her mind." Your child will love exploring the fashion possibilities, whether she's drawing some of Minnie's glam looks or Daisy's sporty attire.
This book's best lesson? A good friend never goes out of style.
Do you have a friend who has influenced or inspired your fashion choices?
Beth is a freelance writer residing in Fishers, Indiana with a background in print journalism. Her full time job as a stay at home mom allows her to explore the beauty of art and life through her two young daughters' eyes—one finger painting at a time.
The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.
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