From Publishers Weekly In this lighthearted companion to The Easter Egg Farm, Pauline the hen reveals a rare talent: if she concentrates on an image while laying an egg, the image appears on the eggshell. Asked to copy paintings hanging in a gallery onto her eggs, Pauline creates her own variations on masterpieces by the likes of Matisse, Van Gogh, Klee and Picasso. The resourceful hen also helps apprehend a thief who tries to make off with a Degas. Auch recreates the famous paintings with impressive fidelity, offering a sturdy contrast to her otherwise fanciful illustrations. Much of the humor is rooted in Paulines frustration, comically conveyed in her facial expressions, at the humans inability to decipher her Henspeak, in which she attempts to communicate the whereabouts of the cluckprit-uh, culprit. Ages 5-8. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 2. Pauline is a very creative hen. By studying a flower carefully, she can lay an egg that has a flower on it. An invitation to make copies of famous paintings on eggs at an art gallery leads her to make revelations about painting and art, as well as into an adventure with a thief. Whenever Pauline looks at a famous painting, the egg she lays is her own interpretation of the art work. When a thief steals her favorite?a Degas Ballerina?she creates eggs with a picture of the thief to help the police solve the crime. Technical quality of the tape is good. The male narrator adapts his voice for the characters. The pauses to allow readers to study the pictures are especially useful. Art works represented in the story are sketches of the originals and are labeled. The Art Gallery also has sketches of Egyptian artifacts. This book and tape can be used to introduce famous works of art, to teach concepts of art and creativity, and to introduce mysteries on a primary level. Use this with Matthews Dream by Leo Lionni (Knopf, 1991) and The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola (Putnam, 1989) for perception of art and artists. For individual or group use.?Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WACopyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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