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Author: Earnest Hooks, Jr.

Illustrator: The Lizzie Wilkerson Foundation

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Publisher: AuthorHouse, 2008

Material: paperback

Summary: Seven of Lizzie Henderson Wilkerson's paintings are the foundation of this book that helps children learn about farming life and art. This is also a book to help children learn to read. Meet Lizzie Wilkerson artist via her paintings about rural life in the early 1900s.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 9.2

Young Reader Reaction: We could not interest our daughter in listening to this book. She would look at the pictures, but only the bigger sections.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an interesting concept. The art itself is fascinating, and I enjoyed looking at them. It was interesting to learn about Mother Wilkerson, too. I like that the author offers lots of questions to readers. The larger font was nice, but the changes in size and bold got to be distracting. I also didn't understand the connection between the numbers paired with specific cutouts of her paintings. The Watching Flowers Grow page is extremely jumbled and confusing.

Pros: Introduce children to folk art and rural life of an era gone by in this book that features and describes seven of Mother Wilkerson's paintings.

Cons: The book is advertised to help young readers, but many of the questions require an adult to read them.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book better suited for a school library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NINE FAMOUS ARTISTS YOUR CHILDREN WILL LOVE; An Art Discovery Primer and Handbook for Parents and Their Children   GET INTO ART PLACES; Discover Great Art and Create Your Own   HOW ARTISTS SEE AMERICA (How Artists See Series)

Educational Themes: The book offers lots of reading practice, and many of the words are phonetically represented.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - art, poetry, biography

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2016

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