Real Love: The Drawings for Sean

Real Love: The Drawings for Sean


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John Lennon was many things to many people: singer, songwriter, poet, political activist, and, not the least, the most outspoken member of what is, inarguably, the greatest rock-and-roll band of all time. But to Sean Lennon, he was Daddy, a role he took on with as much humor, intensity, and enthusiasm as any he had tackled.

John made the drawings in this book with and for Sean. Drawing pictures and making up funny captions was one of the ways they played together. It was how John taught Sean about the simple joys of creativity. It was one of the many ways John was able to express his real love for — and great joy in — his son.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375801747
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/18/1999
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 6.57(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool, England, on October 9, 1940, and raised by his Aunt Mimi. At the age of six, he wrote and illustrated his first book. When he was 20, he and some friends started a rock-and-roll band called the Silver Beatles, which was later shortened to The Beatles. As everyone knows, The Beatles went on to become the most famous musical group of all time. While still a Beatle, John wrote and illustrated two books of poems: In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works. Of the former, the Times Literary Supplement wrote: "It is worth the attention of anyone who fears the impoverishment of the English language and the British imagination." John died on December 8, 1980. His thoughts, his music, his poetry, and his art live on.

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Dear Reader:

In 1975, John became the father of a very special boy: Sean. John was ecstatic. "I'm going to raise this baby, Yoko. You do the business," he said. It was that simple.

John was a great daddy. He tried to do everything so right. I would come back from a hard day of work and find John waiting for me to report what took place that day.

"Sean was sneezing this morning. Maybe he's getting a cold."

"Sean needs more winter things. We have to go shopping."

Then pretty soon it became, "Sean did this all by himself." And John would proudly show me some squiggly lines Sean had drawn on paper. They were Sean's first drawings.

John had every one of Sean's drawings framed. We suddenly had many, many framed drawings by Sean adorning the walls of our Dakota apartment. Then I began to find John and Sean drawing together. John would draw something and explain to Sean what it was.

"This is a cat catnapping, Sean."


Then it was Sean's turn. He would show his drawings and explain, "This is a bus, and these are the people who want to get on the bus, but they can't because the bus is too they're crying."

John would write what Sean had said underneath the drawings as titles. They became long, beautiful, and imaginative titles. Sometimes, John would ask Sean what he thought John was drawing. Sean would say, "That's a horsey," and that would become the title of John's drawing. They would make each other laugh, and that is how Sean leaned the fun of drawing, the fun of doing things together with his dad, and the fun of life.

I hope you enjoy this book. It was done in the spirit oflaughter...and lots and lots of love.

-Yoko One, 1999

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