Painting the Wind

Overview

A moving and beautifully illustrated book about summer on one special island.

Bestselling author Patricia MacLachlan teams up with her daughter Emily to create this evocative story of a boy and his dog, waiting for summer, waiting to learn from the artists who come to his island. With beautiful paintings by Katy Schneider, this book captures those perfect moments that only summer in a place that you love can offer.

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Overview

A moving and beautifully illustrated book about summer on one special island.

Bestselling author Patricia MacLachlan teams up with her daughter Emily to create this evocative story of a boy and his dog, waiting for summer, waiting to learn from the artists who come to his island. With beautiful paintings by Katy Schneider, this book captures those perfect moments that only summer in a place that you love can offer.

Several artists who paint different things, with different kinds of paint, and at different times of the day, all paint the same island that they visit each summer.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW said, "This elegantly conceived picture book explores an artist's process through the eyes of a boy living year-round on an island that attracts painters in the summers." Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
From the author of Sarah, Plain and Tall comes a picture book that makes the reader want to pick up a paintbrush and start to paint all the things he sees around him. Through the eyes of a young island boy, we are introduced to the painters who invade his island for the summer. We see the painter of faces, landscapes, animals, and seascapes. As the little boy learns to take note of everything and everyone around him, he is finally able to do what he has been unable to do before, and that is to paint the wind. When he paints the bending trees as they lean against the strength of the wind, he captures the image that has eluded him. The illustrations here are beautifully done, as though the brush has just been laid down. This is a good story for a child who is quiet and introverted, to share with him an outlet for creativity. It will help the child who is noisy and rambunctious learn how to become an observer of life. 2003, Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins Publishers,
— Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
A young boy learns about portrait, still life, and landscape painting from the artists who visit his island each summer. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this atmospheric mother-daughter collaboration (a debut for the daughter), a young artist works on his technique in the company of the painters who come to his island each summer with their easels, dogs, and families to paint. It's a debut for Schneider, too, who captures the narrative's restrained tone with impressionistic, broadly brushed views of dogs, dunes, beaches, the artists-and paintings, each of which is done in a subtly different style. Seeing his own picture of bent-over trees as if for the first time, hanging next to the others at a summer's-end exhibition, the lad realizes that "on my island, surrounded by water and light, I have done what I could not do before. I have painted the wind." Along with the likes of Cynthia Rylant's All I See and Sara Yamaka's Gift of Driscoll Lipscomb, this bears insights into how artists look at their world, and their work, and will broaden children's understanding of how and why art is made. (Picture book. 9+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064438254
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Series: Joanna Cotler Bks.
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 297,764
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia MacLachlan has written several award winning picture books and novels, including All The Places to Love, and the Newbery Medal winner, Sarah, Plain and Tall.

Emily MacLachlan lives near Boston with her husband, two cats, and two dogs. Painting the Wind is her first book.

Katy Schneider lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband, Dave, and three children, Olive, Mae, and Ellis. She is the illustrator of Painting the Wind and Once I Ate a Pie and exhibits her paintings nationwide.

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