In the book, The Art Lesson, Tommy wants to be an artist when he gets older. He practices his art all of the time and listens to the advice of artists he knows who tell him to never copy. Tommy looks forward to taking art class in 1st grade and when Tommy goes to his first art class, he is told he needs to copy and to use the school’s box of 8 crayons instead of a pack of 64 crayons he received for his birthday. Tommy gets upset, but then the teacher and he are able to compromise.
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