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Araminta's Paint Box (Aladdin Picture Books) Paperback – September 1, 1998

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As Araminta's family make their way west in 1847, her wooden paint box goes astray; it takes on a number of uses before artist and paints are reunited. Ages 6-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Araminta journeys from Boston to California with her parents in 1847, carrying with her a beloved box of paints. Along the way, the paint box is jolted out of the covered wagon and found by a young boy. Passing hands many times, the box eventually lands in the hands of a gold prospector on his way to California. After being treated by a local doctor for snakebite, he offers to pay in gold, which he is carrying in the box. The doctor, however, refuses anything more than the wooden mining box for payment, delighted to find a box so like the one his daughter had lost so long ago. He plans to make a new paint box for Araminta, bringing the story to full cycle. Although contrived, this is still an engaging way to present a slice of early American history to young children. Pen-and-watercolor illustrations charmingly capture the lighthearted spirit of this westward saga. --Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689820917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689820915
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
In 1847 Araminta and her family are traveling from Boston to California in this delightful story. Stopping in Scranton, Pennsylvania, her uncle gives her a beautiful paint box that later tumbles out of their wagon. The paintbox passes into many hands from a riverboat gambler, to a young wife then, on to a Mormon family. This female historical narrative tells in a entertaining way the story of westward expansion to a young audience. The soft pastel-like watercolor illustration are beautiful.
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