A student makes a fingerpaint picture in school but doesn’t get it finished. The student takes it home but a gust of wind takes it away – Oh no! There is no name on the picture. It is lost forever! Imagine the student’s surprise when he/she sees it in an art gallery and it won first place in an art contest! The judges think this painting was made by a professional artist because it is a masterpiece! When the student tells everyone that he/she painted the picture, no one believes it. The student is confused that the judges won’t admit that it’s just a kid drawing (and not really that great – according to the student).
What I Thought – I love Ms. Cannon’s rhyme in the book. I can see why she’s won a bunch of awards for her other books. I also like that she purposely didn’t tell the reader who the student is, even though the student is the one narrating the story. It can be a boy or a girl. In fact Ms. Cannon has an author’s note section in the back of the book asking the reader who they think the student is. The illustrations in the book are nice and I really like the kid-art “fingerpaint masterpiece.” 🙂 The ending is open. It leaves the student asking “Why can’t they admit that they really don’t like my print one little bit?” I usually don’t like it when a book doesn’t tie everything up, but with this story, I like that you can take the story to mean a couple of things. I think that it can mean “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or that kids can create wonderful artwork or don’t follow what someone else is saying, just because they are an expert. I am not sure if this is what Ms. Cannon is going for, but that’s how I see it. 🙂
NEWS FLASH! Ms. Cannon’s “My Fingerpaint Masterpiece” was just chosen one of the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners for Spring 2014! Congratulations! 🙂
Check out Sue Morris’ review of this book by clicking HERE!
Please check out Ms. Cannon’s other award-winning books at her website by clicking HERE. Including “Manner-Man.”
“Manner-Man” is the story of a superhero that helps children learn how to control bullies and see the true superhero within themselves. The five-star rated book has won six awards: the 2014 Reviewers Choice Winner, the Los Angeles Book Festival Winner, a London Book Fair H.M. , a Rebecca’s Reads H.M., a 2013 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal and NABE Pinnacle Achievement Award. In addition to fighting against bullying, Ms. Cannon supports CureJM, a foundation funding research to find a cure for Juvenile Myositis (JM). She donates 50% of the cost of all of her book sales through the Fundraiser at http://sbpra.com/curejm to the cause. Her award-winning book, “My Fingerpaint Masterpiece” includes in the illustrations Cassandra, a young teenager who suffers from JM, as well as Juvenile Arthritis, deafness is one ear, and who has also been bullied. However, Cassandra has not been deterred; she entered the National American Miss Texas Pageant and has been named a finalist. Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency (SBPRA) and author Sherrill S. Cannon are combining their efforts along with ImBullyFree.org to organize a similar fundraiser to help raise funds to put an end to this cruelty seen in today’s in children’s lives. I’m Bully Free has committed to sponsoring Cassandra in the pageant with some of the contributions from this new fundraiser, http://sbpra.com/imbullyfree. I’m Bully Free is an organization aimed at helping schools commit to a safe, secure, bully-free environment. Their services include coordinating events and activities that encompass the anti-bullying message and advocate for the funding for research and prevention of bullying.”
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Check out a review by Sue Morris of Kid Lit Reviews HERE!