The Painter Who Loved Chickens

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Bright and witty paintings of different breeds of chickens highlight the heartwarming tale of an artist, who only wants to paint chickens, and his ultimate success in earning a living doing what he loves best.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2?Dunrea recounts the story of Moel Eyris, a Dutch artist who is forced to live in the city and paint poodles, penguins, and people in order to make ends meet. He'd rather be surrounded by and devote his talents to his favorite subjects?chickens. A patron of the arts who happens into his studio and knows something special when she sees it demands to purchase his in-progress portrait of an egg. One thing leads to another, and a deal is struck: she gets his chicken paintings, and he gets a farm. Carefully composed gouache scenes are executed in a palette largely comprised of oranges, rusts, and browns. Facing each full-page illustration is a page of text on white, above which is a portrait of a chicken, exquisitely rendered and full of texture and detail. The story is most interesting when the patron discusses the egg; the conversation comes to life through her enthusiasm for the fresh, the atypical. It is otherwise difficult to warm up to the unhappy, eccentric painter who, despite his poverty, hesitates to sell his latest creation. He changes his mind, however, when the woman writes a check for "an enormous amount of money." The understated conclusion is not much to cluck about either. It is clear that the painter becomes famous; his affection for the chickens is not as successfully demonstrated or explained. Readers are therefore left with an odd sense of dissatisfaction. Mary Hoffman's Amazing Grace (Dial, 1991) and Karen Barbour's Little Nino's Pizzeria (Harcourt, 1991) present characters whose passions propel them into action and whose dreams are more accessible.?Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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The hero of this quiet but inspiring picture book has a secret, quirky ambition. He longs to leave the city, where he earns a modest living by painting fine portraits of "people, penguins and poodles," and buy a farm where he can paint his favorite subject: chickens. But just when it seems that chicken-painting will remain a hobby, the artist's work impresses a wealthy customer (and fellow fowl aficionado) and the direction of his life changes. Dunrea's (Deep Down Underground) unassuming text straightforwardly conveys his emotion-filled, clearly delineated story. His sunny gouache paintings, liberally splashed with oranges, yellows and reds, are a chicken-lover's delight-each page features a tiny portrait of a variety of fowl, e.g., Blue Cochin or Black Langshan, in addition to plenty of whimsical chicken-related decoration. Full-page illustrations, meanwhile, provide an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at an artist at work. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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