Emily's Art by Peter Catalanotto
(Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))

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"What a gorgeous painting," exclaimed the judge of Ms. Fair's first-grade art contest. "What a beautiful rabbit!"
For Emily, the words are a shock.
Her painting is of her dog, Thor. Not a rabbit.
But instead of thinking: What's wrong with this judge? Emily takes the words, and the judgment, to heart.
Just as she takes her art.
Not everyone, not Ms. Fair, or even Emily's best friend, Kelly, can see that.
At first.
 

About Peter Catalanotto

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Peter Catalanotto has written fifteen books for children, including Monkey & Robot, Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All, Ivan the Terrier, Matthew A.B.C., and Emily’s Art, of which School Library Journal said in a starred review, “Whether viewed from afar or up close, this creative and heartfelt book is a masterpiece.” Peter has illustrated more than forty books, among them several collaborations with George Ella Lyon. Their Mother to Tigers received a starred review in School Library Journal and was one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2003. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the judge first chooses Emily's piece—because she mistakes Thor for a rabbit—then rejects Emily's painting when she learns he's a dog (because of the judge's fear of dogs), Emily buries her painting (" 'I'll never paint again,' she whispers").

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