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Little Girl in a Red Dress with Cat and Dog
That s me over the fireplace. When I was a little girl and living with my parents on the farm, Mr. Ammi Phillips came, and I sat for a portrait. Well, I almost sat. In those days, I couldn t sit still for long. The arrival of a travelling painter is cause for great delight when the young narrator is looking for someone to play with. She s too young to help the cook, her br ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Viking Juvenile
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Pleasant fiction about what the life of the little girl in a real painting might have been like, and under what circumstances it might have been painted. The story of the littlest child being chosen because all the older siblings were too busy isn't too probable given the cost and social prestige of portraiture at the time, but it would be a fun project for elementary school kids.
Quite a charmer. A reasonable guess about what kind of family the painter Ammi Phillips met in New York when he painted this particular portrait. Historical note included. Both history and art come alive. Might be too quiet for some folk, but as another GR reviewer says, it does appeal to at least one 3 year old child.
Nicholas B.A. Nicholson was born in New York and first visited the Soviet Union in the 1980’s. Informed by his time there, he developed an interest in Russian Fine and Decorative Art which led him to study Art History and Russian Area Studies at Kenyon College, from which he was graduated in 1991. Nicholson worked first for Karl Kemp, a premier dealer in continental furniture and decorative arts, ...moreMore about Nicholas B.A. Nicholson...