THE FANTASTIC DRAWINGS OF DANIELLE by Barbara McClintock

THE FANTASTIC DRAWINGS OF DANIELLE

Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Danielle's adored Papa is a rumpled, bespectacled photographer in turn-of-the-century Paris. Danielle wants Papa to appreciate her whimsical drawings, but he doesn't understand her fanciful nature. When Papa can't sell his photographs and falls ill, Danielle goes out to earn a living as a photographer. Struggling to set up the camera in the snow, Danielle finds a patron--and validation of her own artistic spirit--in a successful woman painter of imaginary landscapes. She instantly hires Danielle to work in her studio and sends her home to a worried and appreciative Papa with a week's wages in advance. Romantic in setting and sensibility, this story has the quality of a fantasy in which a girl's wishes for communion with her father and support as an artist are fulfilled. The pen- and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations are beautifully done, especially the ones that show the world magically transformed in Danielle's eye. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-395-73980-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1996




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