Painting Pepette by Linda Ravin Lodding

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Join one little girl named Josette as she searches 1920s Paris to find the best artist to paint a portrait of her stuffed-animal rabbit, Pepette.

After seeing all the fine portraits of her family in her house in Paris, Josette decides that her stuffed-animal rabbit Pepette needs a portrait of her own. The two of them set off for Montmartre, the art center of 1920s Paris, to seek out an artist to paint Pepette’s portrait. They encounter Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, and Henri Matisse, who all try their hand at capturing the rabbit.

Picasso gives Pepette two noses and three ears—which doesn’t sit well with Josette. Dalí gives Pepette very droopy eyes—so Josette says "no thank you" and moves on. Chagall paints Pepette flying through the clouds. Josette points out that Pepette doesn’t fly and is afraid of heights—so they decide to keep going through the square. When they meet Matisse, he paints Pepette pink, with lots of colorful dots and splashes covering the canvas. It’s a beautiful piece of art, but it’s not Pepette.

Giving up, Josette and Pepette make their way home. Josette is upset that no one was able to no one was able to capture the true essence of Pepette. Who could capture her soft gray ears, her heart-shaped nose, and all her wonderfulness? And then it comes to her—she, Josette, is the perfect person to do this.
 

About Linda Ravin Lodding

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Linda Ravin Lodding is originally from New York, but has spent the past 15 years in Austria, The Netherlands, and now Sweden. Today she lives in Uppsala with her wonderful husband and daughter. Linda graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and has an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. When Linda isn't writing, she's usually working for the United Nations as a media and public information specialist—or eating heavily frosted cupcakes. To learn more about Linda, visit her at lindalodding.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @lindalodding. Claire Fletcher studied graphic design and art at Central School of Art and Design, Kingston University, and the Royal College of Art. She is the co-founder and director of Made in Hastings, a shop selling locally sourced gifts and artwork in Hastings, England. Find out more about Claire at clairefletcherart.com.
 
Published June 7, 2016 by little bee books. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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K-Gr 2—Little Josette Bobette and her beloved rabbit, Pepette, live happily together in 1920s Paris. Their favorite activity is cuddling in a beautiful room full of portraits of Josette's family. One day, Josette realizes that Pepette is not represented on the wall. The two set out for Montmartre...

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