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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 Daisy and her dog, Duggie, travel around the world in search of inspiration for her paintings, one of which she plans on entering in a contest--``Paint Your Favorite Things.'' Readers are on the scene with her but also follow her progress through a trail of postcards she sends to her parents. Painters inspire her work: Van Gogh's The Starry Night makes her giddy, Chagall's The Poet Reclining makes her dream, and Gauguin gives her an exotic tan. Daisy's postcards feature reproductions of the masterpieces--a clever and efficient touch. When Daisy finally returns home, she ends up painting Duggie, her parents, and her room. Vivid colors and attractive reproductions keep the book rolling along. The plot is incomplete; readers never do learn if the contest that introduces the whole story is real or imagined, and there's some funny business with the calendar that is never resolved. What matters most, however, is that Daisy paints her favorite things in her own style, and that her parents encourage her. A refreshing introduction for preschoolers that explores how mood, senses, and location are all part of an artist's work. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80390-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1996