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The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West

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When Benjamin West was seven years old, the only thing in the world he wanted to do was draw pictures. For a time, that got him into a peck of trouble. Papa wasn't pleased when Benjamin "borrowed" his best quill pen. Mama wasn't happy that Benjamin would rather sketch the cows than milk them. And Grimalkin, the family cat, was not keen on being the source for paintbrush ha ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 27th 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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Jessica
I just think this is a fun book. This book was incorporated into our home school curriculum to supplement with some US history but mostly with art history, specifically US art (although Mr. West eventually settled in England - his work and social network was highly regarded in the US.)

I love how he discovers his talent, discovers paint... and the story about making a paint brush by "stealing" hair from his cat! So funny.

While we read it for Kindergarten it makes a repeat in first grade because t
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Jennifer
Lovely children's story about Benjamin West, an American painter who isnt as well known as he should be. My favorite part is how he would cut off the cat's fur so he could make his own paintbrushes!
Melissa
We studied his artwork last year and so the kids really enjoyed this book, especially how he took the hair off his cat to make a "hair pencil."
Jim
finally a good use for a cat! i know a lot of kids this Shouldn't be read to!
Leia-Catherine
It was neat how the Indian taught him to make paint out of clay.
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