Br'er Rabbit Captured!: A Dr. David Harleyson Adventure

Br'er Rabbit Captured!: A Dr. David Harleyson Adventure

by Jean Cassels
     
 

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World-renowned painter Dr. David Harleyson and his nephew John D. are about to set off another adventure! This time they're headed down South to Sandy Creek, where Dr. David plans on capturing the famous trickster Br'er Rabbit on canvas—a portrait he's always dreamed of painting. Br'er Fox has "thoughtfully" agreed to help.

But getting Br'er Rabbit to sit

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World-renowned painter Dr. David Harleyson and his nephew John D. are about to set off another adventure! This time they're headed down South to Sandy Creek, where Dr. David plans on capturing the famous trickster Br'er Rabbit on canvas—a portrait he's always dreamed of painting. Br'er Fox has "thoughtfully" agreed to help.

But getting Br'er Rabbit to sit for his portrait is easier said than done because he has to keep slipping away from Br'er Fox and Br'er Wolf, who also want to capture him—to barbecue! It will be a summer of adventure—and misadventure—for John D. as he meets all the favorite characters from Uncle Remus and retells their classic tales in funny letters home to his dad.

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Kirkus Reviews
Hoping to add Br'er Rabbit's to the suite of familiar folk-tale character portraits exhibited in The Mysterious Collection of Dr. David Harleyson (2004), the porcine painter sets out for rural Sandy Creek. As related in a series of letters home, the visitors get a warm country welcome from Br'er Fox, Br'er Bear and other local residents, who, in exchange for portraits of their own, trot out good-humored renditions of the Tar Baby story and other well-known instances of the elusive lagomorph's trickery. Cassels interleaves smaller scenes of each encounter with the handsomely finished, full-page formal sittings-depicting Br'er Fox, for instance, with a stained tome entitled What to Do with Tar, Br'er Wolf in a natty grey suit and, at last, a prosperous-looking Br'er Rabbit sitting comfortably on his porch. Yet another capture and escape later, all gather (more or less) convivially for a group showing. Closing with a recipe for blackberry pie and an appreciation of Joel Chandler Harris's tales (though not specific source notes), this makes an amiable introduction to Van Dyke Parks's Jump! (1986), illustrated by Barry Moser, Julius Lester's Tales of Uncle Remus (1987), illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and their sequels. (Picture book/folktales. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802795571
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/18/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

JEAN CASSELS has illustrated more than 50 nonfiction nature titles, but has specialized in more whimsical animals for Walker, including Groundhog Stays Up Late and The Mysterious Collection of Dr. David Harleyson. She lives with her husband in New Orleans.

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