Nature's Paintbox: A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verse
Written by Patricia Thomas
Published by Millbrook Press, 2007
How would you capture winter's crispness, springs softness, summer's freshness, and autumn's richness? In this inspiring title, poet Patricia Thomas imagines each season rendered in a different art medium. Pen and Ink, with spots of color, capture winter's mood, while pastel chalks make spring flowers bloom into life. The see through hues of watercolors celebrate summer's warmth, while vibrant oils perfectly paint fall's majestic scenes.
Artist Craig Orback takes up the poems's challenge in his marvelous illustrations, using each of the mediums described. Just as the seasons move seamlessly into one another, so too do the art styles blend together, then emerge in full splendor, and blend again as the next season approaches.
-Description courtesy of Millbrook Press
"There is a strikingly rare synergy between the poetry and the illustrations in this truly remarkable addition to the pantheon of books on the four seasons for school-aged children." -Kirkus Reviews
"...but it is the illustrations that stand out. Orback presents his illustrations from different viewpoints, looking up into the au-tumn tree covered with orange leaves or viewed at puddle level as spring boots splash along the road. This beauti-ful selection could be used to support seasonal studies, as well as numerous artistic concepts. The strong use of descriptive words would support creative writing activities even for those students older than the intended audi-ence." -Library Media Connection
Nature's Paintbox was named a Lasting Connections of 2007 title in the American Library Association magazine, Book Links (January, 2008). Also the book has been named in the 2008 Edition of The Best Children's Books of the Year from the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education AND it was selected as a Library Media Connection Editor’s Choice in the Picture Books category! (October, 2008)
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