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Painting the Wind    by Patricia MacLachlan, Emily MacLachlan & Katy Schneider order for
Painting the Wind
by Patricia MacLachlan
Order:  USA  Can
Joanna Cotler, 2003 (2003)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

On an island, 'surrounded by water and light', a boy paints through the winter, but he 'cannot paint the wind'. So he waits for summer when painters come to the island with their paints and easels, their children and their dogs. They paint different things at different times of day 'with watercolor, acrylics, or oil' but they all paint the island.

The boy takes us to meet a 'painter of flowers' in the garden with his dog Tess; the artist begins with Cadmium Red. A 'painter of faces' takes her mutts Charlie and Emmet to paint the shy storekeeper. The 'painter of still lifes' paints all night and then 'the shadows and the light' of daytime and her dog Owen. There is the 'painter of landscapes' who takes his dog Meatball to watch the world with him on the beach and paint the moon. Then the boy and this landscape painter 'paint the wind' together.

Painting the Wind captures the essence of art, as a boy looks forward to the invasion of his island by summer painters, from whom he learns different forms of expression. It is aimed at ages 4 to 8. And Katy Schneider's illustrations of island paintings are absolutely gorgeous.

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