“To Kill A Mockingbird” is my favorite book. I remember the first time I read it was in Mrs. Avis’s English class back when I was a sophomore in high school. I didn’t enjoy it much that first time because it was required reading as an assignment, so it didn’t feel like I was reading for fun. Also, Mrs. Avis made us read it together aloud, and her grumpy attitude made it hard to enjoy. In fact, she reminds me of the “To Kill A Mockingbird” character, Mrs. Dubose, because they were both ill-tempered and sour. Hey, Mrs. Avis-Dubose!!!
Today is a special day because “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee was released in stores! It’s the only other novel she’s ever written, and it’s following the same characters from “To Kill A Mockingbird.” I can’t wait to pick it up!
In celebration of the new novel and in honor of the classic, I made a mini wood version of “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
1) To paint this mini book, choose a rectangular shaped piece of wood. Paint the bottom two-thirds of the wood a reddish-orange color and the top one-third black. Allow the paint to dry.
2) On the left side of the piece of wood, paint the tree trunk and branches black. Allow the paint to dry.
3) Using a fine-tipped brush, paint the leaves a light green color. Use small, short strokes to paint the leaves.
4) Using a toothpick, write out “To Kill A” in the same color you used for the leaves. I found that a toothpick is easier to use when it came to lettering. Finish writing out the rest of the words using the toothpick.
5) Once everything has dried, paint the spine and back cover of your book the same reddish-orange color you used on the front.
Now you’ve got a tiny book to put on your bookcase! I plan on painting all my favorite books so I can put them all on display beside the real books.
Let me know what you think of Harper Lee’s new novel in Comments! I’d love to hear your review.