Willow

Willow

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by Denise Brennan-Nelson, Rosemarie Brennan, Cyd Moore
     
 

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Miss Hawthorn's art room is unnatually neat. Not a pencil or paintbrush or a hair on Miss Hawthorn's head is out of place. Her students sit in rows, silent and still, like eggs in a carton, painting green trees and red apples. And that's how Miss Hawthorn likes it.

Into Miss Hawthorn's classroom tumbles young Willow. She colors outside the lines, breaks

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Miss Hawthorn's art room is unnatually neat. Not a pencil or paintbrush or a hair on Miss Hawthorn's head is out of place. Her students sit in rows, silent and still, like eggs in a carton, painting green trees and red apples. And that's how Miss Hawthorn likes it.

Into Miss Hawthorn's classroom tumbles young Willow. She colors outside the lines, breaks crayons, and paints fanciful pink trees and blue apples. What will Miss Hawthorn do?

Willow is a story about creativity, and the magical things that can happen when imagination is allowed to run wild. But most of all, it's a story about the profound influence of one little girl.

Award-winning author Denise Brennan-Nelson (Buzzy the bumblebee: My Momma Likes to Say) teams up with her sister, Rosemarie Brennan, bringing us Willow. Effervescent illustrations by Cyd Moore offer the perfect setting.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

All of the students in Miss Hawthorn's art class draw trees that are alike, except for Willow, a rosy-cheeked little girl who paints what she sees when she closes her eyes. When the rigid, unimaginative teacher tells her that blue apples do not exist, Willow brings her one the next day. "Horrid little girl," Miss Hawthorn says. Yet at Christmas the only gift Miss Hawthorn receives is from Willow. The child presents her with her beloved art book, which begins a transformation in the dour, unhappy woman. Miss Hawthorn begins to doodle and then to paint. Pictures are everywhere. When the children come back to school in January, they discover an inspired teacher in paint-smeared jeans and smock who invites them to help her change their room into a work of art. Soft-toned watercolors contrast colorful, autumn trees with the all-the-same green ones, show snow-covered trees that "broke when they could not bend," and finally present the willow tree in the art room, which is a tribute to Willow. Expressive faces show wonderment and joy as teacher and students discover-as Willow has-the intense power of imagination. This book can be read alone or read aloud and is a solid choice for elementary collections.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Kirkus Reviews
In dictatorial Miss Hawthorn's cheerless art room, students sit "in their rows, silent and still, like eggs in a carton" producing cookie-cutter busywork. "Everyone except Willow." Miss Hawthorn does not appreciate Willow's sweet nature or her inventive, colorful outlook on life. Willow is always in trouble with her wizened teacher, especially "for not painting things the way Miss Hawthorn wanted her to." When she tries to share her artistic excitement via a well-loved art book full of flamingo-pink trees, blue apples and other works of wonder, Miss Hawthorn rebuffs her. "Horrid little girl." But stony Miss Hawthorn is transformed by a holiday gift-the only one she receives-of that treasured art book, and when her students return after the holidays, they find a very different teacher, indeed. Motivational speaker Brennan-Nelson's message hits its mark, and Moore's energetic watercolors fairly vibrate-Willow would approve! Pair this with Peter Reynolds's The Dot (2003) and Paul Zelinsky's Doodler Doodling (2004) for an outside-the-lines art experience. (Picture book. 6-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627532518
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
08/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,273,595
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Willow 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
room145teacher More than 1 year ago
My second grade class loved this book and so did I. I give it a very high recommendation. Fabulous lessons abound and great discussions arise from this simple story. I had borrowed it from a teacher friend of mine but I am getting my own copy to have in my classroom.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Willow is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book!  Especially fitting for a child who loves art... it has a sweet message and encourages children to embrace their creativity.  Great illustrations as well.  
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