ELEMENOPEO by Harriet Ziefert


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Age Range: 5 - 7
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Meet Elemenopeo, a chubby black-and-white cat who takes pride in being able to come and go as he pleases, but discovers a hidden talent when his cat door is closed for repairs. Forced to roam indoors, he comes upon a box of paints and a blank easel and—voila!—“Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bird.” Time for a nap, and a soaring dream. Saaf lays out Elemenopeo’s world with thickly brushed gouaches, surrounding his self-satisfied feline with birds to tease and other comforts. Though perhaps not up to Thatcher Hurd’s Art Dog (1996), this cat displays a promising imagination, and young readers, whatever their artistic proclivities, will enjoy making his acquaintance. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-395-90493-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1998


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by Harriet Ziefert