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Sophie and the Wonderful Picture.

Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Anna Currey. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2004. Illus., hardcover. 30pp., $9.95.

It feels fine to read about a school that values visual art enough to make it the star of an assembly program. An anthropomorphic rabbit and frog create a painting of a neighborhood pond and they must present it to the audience of students and families by talking about it. Watercolor drawings tell a more involved story that sets the stage for the Big Event. The light-hearted illustrations including before and after scenes of a shelf with art supplies on the front and back end pages, and a portrait of the properly smocked rabbit on the cover busily using a watercolor set tell such a complete visual story, the text seems unnecessary. Elementary youngsters should get an empathetic and smiling boost from this tale.
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Title Annotation:Children's Book Briefs
Author:Marantz, Ken
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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