The Mare's Nest by Gary Bowen

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There's a mystery afoot in the Vermont countryside in the summer of 1846. A wandering artist, who paints portraits of animals "as they wish to be seen, visits town after town where pets and livestock have suddenly disappeared. Horses, cows, cats, and pigs--kidnapped! The only creatures that seem to have a clue to the thefts are the animals that witness the crimes. But how can the painter figure out what his models are trying to tell him?

In each town the artist visits, the mystery continues to build, until it culminates in September with a stunning revelation at the Rutland County Fair.

Inspired by the wood paintings of internationally acclaimed Vermont folk artist Warren Kimble, The Mare's Nest by Gary Bowen is a timeless story set in the appealing landscape of rural New England.


About Gary Bowen

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GEORGE M. COHAN (1878-1942) grew up on the road in a vaudeville family. After moving to New York in his teens, he and his musicals became hits on Broadway. "You're a Grand Old Flag" was the first song in a musical to sell over one million copies of sheet music. WARREN KIMBLE is one of America's most successful folk artists. Originally an elementary art teacher in New Jersey, he was drawn to the serenity of Vermont, where he lives and works today. His favorite medium is paint on distressed wood--antique doors, breadboards, or tabletops that he and his wife travel widely to find. He and his wife, Lorraine, have 3 children and many grandchildren.
Published May 1, 2001 by HarperCollins. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After puzzling over such clues as hearing several animals utter “Ite-osh-urr,” and learning that no white animals are stolen, he solves the mystery at a county fair in Castleton, at which the culprit is revealed as a “whitewasher” attempting to put disguised livestock up for auction.

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Rendered in paint on wood, Kimble's (Warren Kimble: American Folk Artist) antique-looking folk art occasions this attenuated, hokey tale about an unnamed animal portraitist who wanders the Vermont countryside looking for work during the summer of 1846.

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