Kephart, Beth

And I Paint It: Henriette Wyeth's World

(2) K-3 Illustrated by Amy June Bates. A young Henriette Wyeth and her father, N. C. Wyeth, set off across the fields of their rural Pennsylvania home to paint together. They leave behind the busyness of life with Henriette's four younger siblings for the experience of "sensing deeply." On their walk, her father models "looking. Seeing. Smelling the air, and the earth, and the turpentine, and also that flower." This biographical narrative slice of Henriette Wyeth's life is a portrait of the childhood of an important American artist, a connection between her and the Brandywine school of artists (including her father), and a glimpse at the perceptions of an artistic child. The prose is full of sensory description that captures Wyeth's observations of her world. In wide double-page spreads, Bates re-creates the lush hillsides of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, crisscrossed with split rail fences and dotted with wildflowers. Layers of blue and gray clouds bleed off the pages. Back matter provides more information about Wyeth and the ways she inspired both author and illustrator. The book will likely encourage young readers to look closely at the world around them for their own inspiration.


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