Little Painter of Sabana Grande, The

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9780027622058: Little Painter of Sabana Grande, The

Once Fernanco has made his own paints and bought new brushes, he realizes that he has no paper, so he decides to brighten the whole village of Sabana Grande with his artwork.

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Grade 1-3-- School is out for the dry season (January-March) vacation, and Fernando wakes up in Sabana Grande, his small village high in the mountains of Panama. He is ready to try his hand at painting, using the information his teacher had given him before the end of the year. He painstakingly searches for and creates natural paints (dried grass for yellow, berries for blue), only to realize there is no paper to be found. He sees that the whitewashed adobe walls of his house would be perfect for the vivid images in his mind and convinces his parents to let him paint them. The rest of this simple but attractive book depicts the young artist carefully working on his house and then all the neighbors' homes with local flora and fauna while the entire village gathers around. Even Fernando's teacher comes a great distance to see her pupil's work. The simple and direct text is appropriate for reading aloud to young audiences. The story is culturally genuine in its theme as well as in content. Casilla's bright and detailed watercolors enrich the words by bringing to life these people, showing their facial features and expressions that clearly manifest their caring, encouraging natures. A credible, authentically detailed work.
- Graciela Italiano, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

During the dry season in Panama, when school closes, Fernando embarks on a special hunt. His goal is not wildlife, but colors--black from the tree stump burned to charcoal, blue from an obscure berry, yellow from dried meadow grasses and red from the brook's clay bottom. Enthralled with his new paints, Fernando suddenly realizes he has no paper. But the white adobe walls of the village houses prove too obvious to ignore, and soon Fernando's parents give in to his pleas--"Do your best, Fernando. Remember, the neighbors will have to look at your pictures for a very long time." As the boy's vining poinciana tree vividly blossoms on his family's house and crawls up towards the thatched roof, curious neighbors watch--and commission him to extend his canvas to the whole village. Casilla's warm, brightly lit watercolors fill the pages and engulf the text in yellow light and luxuriant hues. This picturesque true story will engage adults reading aloud and may well inspire budding artists--some, perhaps, with hidden penchants for painting on surfaces other than paper. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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