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The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, Animals, Fiction

Masterwork of a Painting Elephant coverThe Masterwork of a Painting Elephant by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Ed Young
Recommended for: Grades 1-4

Pigeon (a boy) is raised by Birch (an elephant) after being abandoned by his parents. Birch longs to find his former acrobat partner from his circus act, so the pair travels to Paris (by way of New York & Hollywood) on their search for her. Along the way, they meet an unusual cast of characters: the Ringmaster, hobos, zoo animals and an ancient sea turtle.
Birch may be an elephant, but he is a talented artist who can see and paint the true essence of people. The themes of family, security, and the true nature of love are explored while telling of many strange events in the lives of Pigeon and Birch. If you like magical realism, you’ll be entranced by these two special friends.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, Animals, Fiction.
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