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In 1841 in Pennsylvania, Pippin Biddle, determined to get his three orphaned sisters out of the poorhouse, tries to earn a living as an itinerant painter, but he returns empty handed, only to find that he is not the only one in the family with artistic talents.
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Esther Hershenhorn is the author of a novel for children, "The Confessions" and "Secrets of Howard J. Fingerbut" and several picture books, including "There Goes Lowell's Party!" and "Chicken Soup by Heart", winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers. A former elementary school teacher, she now teaches writing for children courses to adults and frequently speaks at conferences, schools, and libraries. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, where not too long ago, at a folk art festival, she met a modern-day limner whose artist's story helped her grow a picture book.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-4-In 1841, orphaned Pip tries to earn a living as a limner, or itinerant painter, in order to keep his three sisters from the poorhouse. As he and his dog wander through the Pennsylvania countryside, the boy offers to paint portraits of family members, pets, and shopkeepers. As the year goes by, he continues to send messages to his sisters, promising that they will have their own home by Christmas. However, the folksy realism of his portraits captures every fault and blemish of his subjects and doesn't bring in much business and he returns home without money. When he is finally reunited with his sisters, he is astonished to find that they have spent the time making crafts and wreaths and opened a shop that will keep the family self-sufficient and together. The little-known craft of the limner is an intriguing bit of history. Hershenhorn tells an interesting tale but the narrative is somewhat stilted and episodic. Lloyd's illustrations take two forms; Pip's story is told with simple lines and colors in stylized sketches nicely balanced with the text while the passing seasons are portrayed in beautifully detailed egg tempera landscapes glowing with color and charm. An artist's note explains the complicated process of how they were done. While this is not a first purchase, it would be fine supplemental material for history units as well as art classes. Fascinating but limited.
Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
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