My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece


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Have you ever seen a "work of art" worth millions, which looks like something your child just brought home from school?

The dual perspective of "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" and just a little bit of "The Emperor's New Clothes" is evident in this clever artwork story of a child who paints a fingerpaint print in class and then loses it in the wind on the way home.

Illustrated from the point of view of a child, whose identity is left to the imagination of the reader since all of the illustrations are what the child sees, the fingerpaint print is interpreted by official "judges" as well as by bystanders. Should people be influenced by what others see, or use their own self-esteem to make their own judgments?

This is the sixth rhyming children's book by this award-winning author, whose other bestselling books include Manner-Man, Gimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, and Santa's Birthday Gift.

Former teacher Sherrill S. Cannon has won eighteen awards for her five previous rhyming books, and is also the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children. She has been called "a modern day Dr. Seuss." - GTMA Review

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ISBN-13: 9781628572889
Publisher: Strategic Book Group, LLC
Publication date: 01/31/2014
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.07(d)

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My Fingerpaint Masterpiece 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite Beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder and nothing illustrates that truth better than My Fingerpaint Masterpiece written by Sherrill S. Cannon and illustrated by Kalpart. When a child is interrupted from a fingerpainting of his dog while at school, it is the start of a chain of events that leads one to wonder exactly how people determine what art becomes a masterpiece. On the way home, the child’s painting is blown out of his hands and lands in an art shop. It is then accidentally entered into an art contest and after the judges turn it in every direction, they decide that it is the winning entry. Disgusted with the outcome and the way that everyone is attempting to discover the deep meaning of his painting, the child tries to get everyone’s attention, but no one will believe him. Sherrill S. Cannon and Kalpart have created a delightful story that actually gets right to the heart of what I think about some of the “masterpieces” that I have seen. My Fingerpaint Masterpiece expresses a truth about abstract art that few would ever admit. Splash several different colors on a canvas and anyone who is an “official critic” with enough imagination to make it into something will determine that it is a masterpiece. The colorful interpretation of the story by the illustrator of this story far exceeds many of the “masterpieces” in the modern art world in my opinion. Funny, colorful and brilliant, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece will put a satisfied smile on your face as you consider how silly some people can be about art.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
This is such a delightful book. A young girl does a fingerpainting and doesn’t get it done. On the way home from school, the wind tears it from her hands and it ends up mixed in with some other paintings at am art dealer’s store. She’s quite surprised when she sees her painting on display at the mall. People gather around it, each with a different idea of what it portrays. I have some watercolor pictures that my son did as a little guy. They hang on the wall in my living room and many people see something different. There are even a couple where I see some different each time I look at them. When the girl tries to explain to people that it’s not a real painting, just somethings he did in art class at school, they don’t believe her. No one wanted to look silly. The book is told from the child’s perspective and it’s never explained whether it’s a boy or a girl. I guessed a girl and wrote my review as such. I like this clever idea. Boys and girls will connect with the character in their own way. A cute little story with a sweet, funny ending. The illustrations are colorful and fun. And I bet your little ones will want to dip their fingers in paint and create their own masterpiece after reading this book.
Hayley_Rose More than 1 year ago
As the daughter of a museum docent I can really appreciate the message of this book. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone has a masterpiece within them. This book introduces colors and creativity, and reinforces the fact that you are never too young or too old to paint. I love how everyone saw something different in the painting, and the painting brought out different emotions from the judges and the crowd.  Sometimes fate works in the serious ways, so please pick up a copy of "My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" and find out why.  Highly recommend. 
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is the story of a child whose fingerpainting project gets blown away by the wind.  To the child's dismay, the painting finds its way to an art gallery where it ends up being judged along with the other paintings in a show.  Sherrill S. Cannon has created a picture book in rhyme which explores the concept of art and it's value and perception to others.  My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is a multifaceted book with several underlying messages including the importance of seeking and speaking the truth. This book would make an excellent classroom or library book and will provide excellent opportunities for open discussion.  
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
A student makes a fingerpaint picture in school but doesn’t get it finished. The student takes it home but a gust of wind takes it away – Oh no! There is no name on the picture. It is lost forever! Imagine the student’s surprise when he/she sees it in an art gallery and it won first place in an art contest! The judges think this painting was made by a professional artist because it is a masterpiece! When the student tells everyone that he/she painted the picture, no one believes it. The student is confused that the judges won’t admit that it’s just a kid drawing (and not really that great – according to the student). I love Ms. Cannon’s rhyme in the book. I can see why she’s won a bunch of awards for her other books. I also like that she purposely didn’t tell the reader who the student is, even though the student is the one narrating the story. It can be a boy or a girl. In fact Ms. Cannon has an author’s note section in the back of the book asking the reader who they think the student is. The illustrations in the book are nice and I really like the kid-art “fingerpaint masterpiece.” :) The ending is open. It leaves the student asking “Why can’t they admit that they really don’t like my print one little bit?” I usually don’t like it when a book doesn’t tie everything up, but with this story, I like that you can take the story to mean a couple of things. I think that it can mean “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or that kids can create wonderful artwork or don’t follow what someone else is saying, just because they are an expert. I am not sure if this is what Ms. Cannon is going for, but that’s how I see it. :) *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
cclblue More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful and cute! I loved the rhyme and the bright colors throughout. My four year old daughter and I enjoyed imagining her art floating away. While that would make her sad, winning a contest would be fun. She immediately began planning her next art project. We enjoyed looking for the hidden pictures in the masterpiece! I like books like this one that spark the imagination!
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful story that will surely capture and keep the interest of all elementary age students. It is also a great easy-reader for those students in beginning reading. Like many young students, this young boy began his finger-painting artwork but never finished it before the bell rang. On the way home the storm brewed, the wind blew, and his painting was whipped out of his hand and landed on the bench of s building a man was sorting artwork for display. This is a humorous account of the results of this unfortunate situation. The wondrous rhyming tale is  a wonderful book for story time. It is certain to captivate the entire audience. The Title and book cover are perfect! The cover is eye-catching and colorful. The illustrations done by Kalpart are outstanding. This book earns a Five Stars review rating. *This was sent to me by the author for an honest book review, of which I have given.
Jannifer_Powelson More than 1 year ago
Sherrill S. Cannon’s newest release is another Masterpiece that will add a splash of color to any child’s library. Known for the charming rhyming verse in her previous books that have helped children learn the importance of good manners, “My Fingerpaint Masterpiece” is another great book with a new twist. Readers will still enjoy her lively rhyming style and the beautiful illustrations by Kalpart, but children will learn about using their talents. In this tale, what begins as an uncompleted art project turns into a Masterpiece, when adults try to find hidden meaning in the child’s smeared paint. Though the child created a beautiful piece of art, it was unintentional, and he can’t believe the judges of the art contest that he accidently entered are trying so hard to analyze his painting. When the child tries to tell everyone there’s been a big mistake, no one takes him seriously. A delightful story from start to finish, this will be another bedtime favorite for young children.