Everything you need to understand or teach Dobry by Monica Shannon.
Part of Dobry's appeal lies in the reader's ability to identify with the central character. At the outset, Dobry is a typical young boy, who exhibits a mixture of faults and virtues. His impulsiveness leads to mistakes, as when he eats too many chilled tomatoes. On the other hand, he is considerate, stopping to pick up an owl feather for his grandfather's pipe and giving his mother the one perfect apple.
The reader sympathizes with Dobry as he struggles to overcome a series of obstacles and become an artist. First he must learn moderation and develop mature judgment so that he can retain his individuality without being disrespectful toward his mother, who expects him to continue the family tradition and devote his life to farming. His quiet perseverance in drawing and sculpturing local people and farm animals eventually leads to her recognition of his natural talent.