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Painting the Wind

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  69 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews

A moving and beautifully illustrated book about summer on one special island.

Bestselling author Patricia MacLachlan teams up with her daughter Emily to create this evocative story of a boy and his dog, waiting for summer, waiting to learn from the artists who come to his island. With beautiful paintings by Katy Schneider, this book captures those perfect moments that only

Paperback, 40 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 2003)
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Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really pretty picture book about painting and summer and dogs. Beautifully painted wonderfully written.
Susan Kennedy
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November 28, 2012 by patjohnson222
I became familiar with this book Painting the Wind at a session I attended at the NCTE conference and immediately went home and ordered it. Rose Cappelli shared some ideas for using this text with student writers. I emailed Rose to make sure it was OK to share her lesson with our readers in hopes that teachers can take it and make it their own. Thanks Rose for saying YES! Rose and her writing partner Lynn Dorfman have written se
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I picked this book merely for the water color illustrations. Painting the wind could be used in various ways. One way it could be used would be for teaching about geography or about the landscape. I could ask questions about the location of the boy and his dog. For example, I would ask "Where would do you think this boy lives, based on the descriptions in this book?" Or I could challenge the students with the question, Where wind comes from? Another way this book could be used as a teaching obje ...more
Kelli McKenna
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I thought that Painting the Wind by Patricia MacLachlan was a little boring and dull, but the artwork which was paintings was exquisite. The reason why I found this picture book boring was because the plot of the story really did not go anywhere, and I do not have much interest in painting. If I had to pick, I would read this story out loud to first graders for a curricular reason-an art unit. The paintings throughout the story also would be wonderful to show the children because the artwork is ...more
Beautiful story of the main character (young boy) who lives on the island and paints. In first person, he takes us through describing different kinds of painters who come to the island to paint, but until the end, he doesn’t realize how to “paint the wind”. Lots to celebrate here. The book is lovely with Katy Schneider’s gorgeous illustrations, showing numerous kinds of paintings and telling a little story about different painters. We see those who paint landscapes, still life, portraits, etc. T ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so well written that it makes you feel like you are on Nantucket, or perhaps Martha's Vineyard. The writing is excellent and the artwork is great. I think it is interesting that each of the Patricia MacLachlan pictures books I have read they all have different illustrators. I wonder if because the theme of each book is so different it would be ridiculous to have the same illustrator do the same artwork for a different book.

Anyways, the artwork is great, and it makes me want to pain
Gail Barge
This is a fantastic book for an art teacher explaining the different techniques and types of paintings. However, for a teacher in general education, her or she could use this book to explain descriptive words in writing and observation. The young boy in the story apprentices many different painters throughout the summer. This story could even lend itself to a science lesson about wind and how even though you can't see it, it is still there.
A young boy watches and learns from the talented artists who come to his island in summer. He is hoping to learn how to paint the wind. Summer days pass, dogs are lazy, and soon all of the masterpieces will be on display...even those that are Painting the Wind.

Used for "Blow, Wind, Blow" Storytime: April, 2012.
Lana Clifton
A young boy, who is an aspiring artists, lives on an island where painters come visit for inspiration and work. All summer long, he has opportunities to learn from the best-- among many,he meets painters of flowers and faces. His journey is to learn, learn how to catch the wind with brush strokes bending branches on canvas. I would recommend this book for all lovers of landscapes.
Jun 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Three artists who paint different styles, paint different things at different times of the day. They all paint the same island that they visit each summer.

The book show what each artists is good at such as one artist is really good at portraites. When another is good at painting the mood of the island.
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
a teacher requested this book, I saw the dogs on the cover and had to read it. enjoyed the quiet tone of the book. the illustrator did an excellent job with the different painting styles used by the characters in the story.
Beautifully illustrated story of a young artist who follows several types of artists around his island and watches as they paint they individual styles. I would use this story to show how painting has many different styles and how the boy grows by watching and learning from the others.
Jaleen Kinser
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book. This provides a window into the world of summer on an island as seen through the eyes of a young boy and several painters. It would be a great model for kids to look at their world through many perspectives.
I expected more from Patricia MacLachlan. Was a bit let down.
Tracy Bailey
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-elementary
Beautiful art work.
Sandy D.
I didn't think the text was as amazing as in MacLachlan's other books, but the artwork is really fine.
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
great illustrations
Melissa Jones
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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So many craft moves to teach from this book. Beautiful illustrations. Memories of growing up near the Atlantic.
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Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie, and to this day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first. She is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story; and Three Names, illustrated by Mike Wimmer. She lives in western Massach ...more
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