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1. Bears and bears and bears

Christine Marie Larsen Bears sketchbook character study

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2. Paper Boating

Christine Marie Larsen Illustration: Girls with Paper Boats

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3. Found treasures

Christine Marie Larsen Illustration of a person on a ladder reaching for a box

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4. I See You

Christine Marie Larsen Illustration: Animals Peeking out of Jungle

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5. Girl with Ruler

Christine Marie Larsen Illustration of a Girl holding a Ruler

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6. Dinosaur

Christine Marie Larsen Illustration of a Green Dinosaur

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7. A Splash of Red - Picture Book Review

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
by Jen Bryan, illustrated Melissa Sweet
Publication date: 08 Jan 2013 by Knopf Book for Young Readers
ISBN 10/13: 0375867120 |  9780375867125
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Category: Children's Non-Fiction Picture Book
Keywords: Children's, picture book, non-fiction, art, biography
Format: Hardcover; ebook
Source: Library


As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him.He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace couldn't lift his right arm, and couldn't make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint--and paint, and paint! Soon, people—including the famous painter N. C. Wyeth—started noticing Horace's art, and before long, his paintings were displayed in galleries and museums across the country.

Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet team up once again to share this inspiring story of a self-taught painter from humble beginnings who despite many obstacles, was ultimately able to do what he loved, and be recognized for who he was: an artist.

Thuy's Review:

A really wonderful and beautifully written picture book about the life of American artist Horace pippin. I had I idea the story was based on a real person when I started reading it and found myself totally engrossed by the story of Pippin's life. I was completely charmed by the story and finding out that it's about a real person just gives it more resonance.

The artwork is fantastic and is a mix of painting, drawing and collage. I especially loved the early drawings by Horace. The art also includes quotes by Pippin, which he used in his artwork. The words are simple but strong and bring another facet of Pippin to life.

I was unfamiliar with Pippin's work before and A Splash or Red presented his story in a really accessible way. I think both children and adults will be able to enjoy this book and I definitely think it will inspire interest in Pippin's work. I also liked that there was an index in the back with places where one could go see Pippin's work along with sources for more information on Pippin. I am not usually a big fan of non-fiction picture books but A Splash of Red was a delight to read and one that I highly recommend.

Visit the Jen Bryant online at www.jenbryant.com and visit the official site for the book at http://asplashofredbook.com.

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8. Hoarding Squirrel

The quail agree, squirrels are the WORST.

Another all digital experiment.

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9. Crafty Chloe: Dress-Up Mess-Up - Picture Book Review

Crafty Chloe: Dress-Up Mess-Up (Crafty Chloe #2) 
by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Heather Ross
Publication date: 13 August 2013 by Simon and Schuster
ISBN 13: 9781442421240
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Category: Children's Picture Book
Keywords: Picture book, crafting, art
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


The Parade of Books has arrived, and it’s Chloe’s chance to showcase her crafty costume talents. Leo wants Chloe to be the Frankenstein to his Dracula, and Chloe can’t wait to dress like a monster. But when Emma wants to wear Fairy Club costumes instead, Chloe is torn like a scrap of fabric. She doesn’t want to disappoint her friends—but how can she possibly please them both? Luckily, a little glitter and a lot of imagination just might give Chloe the answer!

Thuy's Review:

The annual book parade is around the corner and Chloe and her friends must prepare costumes based on their favorite book characters. But trouble arises when Chloe promises to be a monster with her friend Leo and then promises to be a fairy with her friend Emma. Chloe doesn't want to disappoint either friend, so what is she going to do?

First of all, what a great premise. We never had anything like a book costume parade when I was Chloe's age but I think I would have loved it. This is a really cute book and I loved that Chloe was so crafty and creative when it came to her costumes. I like that the book encourages kids to use their imaginations and make things. The story itself wasn't super original or exciting but it was cute and I think kids will like it. It was a bit predictable but I think that kids will like it.

As a crafty person myself, I think Crafty Chloe: Dress-Up Mess-Up is an adorable book to read to kids and get them in the crafting spirit. It would be fun to read this with a child and do some crafts to go with it. Definitely worth a read if you have children in your life.

Visit the author online at www.kellydipucchio.com, Twitter and follow her on Twitter Facebook

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10. Rescue Mission

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11. A good row to hoe

Gouache on bristol illustration of a farmer hoeing her field.

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12. Happy Halloween!

Painted pomegranate bottle; acrylic.

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13. Puppy holder

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14. Storybook: Tea Party

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15. Hilary McKay Blog Tour!! Interview and Giveaway

I am very excited today to be part of the Hilary McKay Blog Tour! Today she is stopping by for an interview focused mainly on her books Lulu and the Duck in the Park and Lulu and the Dog by the Sea. These two endearing early chapter books are a delight to read. I will be giving away copies to two lucky commentors on today's post, so make sure you stick around and put in your two cents at the

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16. Storybook: Road Trip

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17. Storybook: Space Ship

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18. Missing

I can't seem to find my coffee mug anywhere. 
I swear it was here just a minute ago.

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19. Happy New Year

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year

16 Comments on Happy New Year, last added: 1/24/2013
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20. Be Mine

One from the archives

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21. Review: Chickadee

by  Louise Erdrich. Harper, 2012. (review copy for the Cybils Middle Grade Fiction list). This is the fourth book in Erdrich's Birchbark House series. I have enjoyed the entire series, including Birchbark House, The Game of Silence, and The Porcupine Year. The stories cover 100 years in the life of an Ojibwe family living in Minnesota in the 19th century. In Chickadee we meet twin boys who are

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22. Review: Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

written by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Simon & Schuster, 2008. We've been reading this book over and over in the past several weeks. The story begins with a mother and son watching Obama give a speech on TV during the 2008 campaign. The little boy in the story starts to ask why all the people are chanting and clapping as Obama stands before them giving an inspiring talk. His

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23. Wooden Toys

Wooden toy animals + their rides

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24. Storybook: A Sailboat Dream

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25. Storybook: Spyglass

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