The Boy Who Loved to Draw by Barbara Brenner
Benjamin West

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When Benjamin was seven years old, the only thing in the world he wanted to do was draw pictures. Sometimes it got him into trouble—when he “borrowed” Papa’s best quill pen, when he drew the cows instead of milking them for Mama, when he used the cat’s fur for brushes—but it also led him to some surprising adventures.
Here, in lively words and vivid pictures, is the engaging true story of Benjamin West, the farm boy from colonial Pennsylvania who grew up to become the first world-famous American artist.
 

About Barbara Brenner

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Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children's books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around farms, animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in the tiny village of Narrowsburg, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.
 
Published June 23, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 52 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference.

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A folk-art quality infuses Dunrea’s clean-lined and pleasing gouache illustrations for this highly appealing biography from Brenner (The Earth is Painted Green, 1994, etc.) on the childhood of America’s first world-famous artist, Benjamin West.

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This innovative picture book/chapter book hybrid vividly brings to life the childhood of noted American painter Benjamin West (1738-1820).

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In a starred review, PW called this an "innovative picture/chapter book hybrid that vividly brings to life the childhood of the noted American painter.

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