chapter  8
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One of the reasons why people are interested in children's drawings and, in particular, their drawings of the human figure, is a curiosity about certain phenomena such as the tadpole form (see Chapter 2) and the transparency drawings (see Chapter 3), which are so strikingly characteristic of the younger child's drawings but rarely occur in the drawings of older children and adults. These kinds of phenomena have prompted a number of explanations, focusing on children's motor or perceptual skills, on their ability to construct mental representations, or on their ideas and intentions regarding an adequate pictorial representation.