Lunchtime for a Purple Snake by Harriet Ziefert

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Jessica’s grandpa is an artist, and she loves to visit him in his studio. On this visit, Jessica and her grandpa paint a picture together, and he teaches her a little about color and composition along the way. Readers will enjoy watching the painting develop, one element at a time, until finally it is complete and ready for a title. Unpretentious and fun, Lunchtime for a Purple Snake brushes away mystery and intimidation to reveal the joy and discovery painting brings to artists young and old.

About Harriet Ziefert

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Harriet Ziefert draws on a true story told to her by Santiago Cohen for the text of this Christmas tale. This is her first picture book collaboration with him, though they know each other from their many years in neighboring New Jersey towns. Todd McKie's seriously witty paintings have been shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published March 24, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Like all artists, Jessica sometimes gets frustrated with her painting, but grandpa reassuringly points out that even mistakes can turn into something good—a brown blob can become a very convincing meatball.

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Finally, they take turn adding elements onto a new painting (Jessica paints a purple snake, Grandpa adds a bug, and so on).

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