The Art Lesson tells about Tomie DePaola’s life as a young boy and his first encounters with school art lessons. He is appalled to find out that there are all these rules to follow. His art teacher finds a way to work around them, and Tomie learns some of his first important lessons in art and life. There are so many things I love about this story. I love books about how people came to discover their craft or vocation and I love books that tell about someone's own childhood experiences. They give another person's perspective of what it's like growing up. Children always seem to be curious about that.