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Pippin Paints a Portrait

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Art is the eye of the beholder. In this book Pippin the dog wants to paint their portrait and they go through various art styles trying to find the one that’s right for them. In the end they learn that you have to find the art within yourself to really find yourself for self-portrait. The book started out very narcissistic which I didn’t care for and then got a little “lecturey”. Overall, this book was not for me and not what I would put in my library but it’s there for someone.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Publisher Spotlight, Cicada Books for a free digital copy.

This is such a fun book to teach kids about artistic styles and some of the most famous artists! Sometimes educational books like this can feel clunky, but I thought this one flowed so well. Kids can read read the story as is, or they can pay more attention and learn more about the artists and their styles.
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This is a fabulous picture book about an artistic dog who paints pictures in the style of a variety of famous artist such as matisse and picasso. There are colourful pictures, including the pictures of the paintings Pippin has created as well as 1-3 lines of text per page. The book ends with details about the author as well as the famous artists represented in the story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who teaches art in the K-4 grade range as well as parents of aspiring little artists. I could definitely see this book being an introduction to a unit on famous artists in my Grade 3 class. Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this awesome book!
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Pippin the dog wants to draw a self portrait, but his friends don’t really think the portrait looks like him. Pippin walks around and looks at all of his friends’ portraits for inspiration. Each follows the style of a different famous artist. Pippin grows upset and decides his drawing is no good, but his friend Minky gives him the confidence to find a style of his own. 

My 4-year-old twins really enjoyed this book. They thought the part about the guy who paints with elephant dung was really hilarious. They were introduced to different art terms, styles, and famous artists. There is a great section of short bios about various famous artists at the end of the book.

Thank you to NetGalley and Cicada Books for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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