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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 07
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books (November 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893103293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893103290
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marguerite Henry is the beloved author of such classic horse stories as King of the Wind, Misty of Chincoteague, and Stormy: Misty's Foal, all of which are available in Aladdin paperback editions.

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I picked up a copy of this book at an old hotel and began my read at that time.
oldneu
Marguerite Henry has written a very readable chapter book for children, but its also fascinating for adults.
N. B. Cummings
Benjamin West's childhood is well represented as he works, plays, and grows up in colonial America.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
Marguerite Henry has a wonderful style of writing that keeps children's attention as they read. This is an excellent biography of a famous artist, and one that any child or adult would truly enjoy (whether or not they were interested in art). Where else can you learn of the ingenuity of a young boy, willing to use hair from his cat's tail to make his own paint brushes. I have read the majority of the books written by Marguerite Henry, and would highly recommend this one as one of her best.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "lmmeier" on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
The biography of Benjamin West is a treat for any young person. The author's presentation of Quaker life is informative and accurate, and her style encourages the reader to keep reading. Benjamin West's childhood is well represented as he works, plays, and grows up in colonial America. His strength of character is revealed as he struggles with his desire to paint and draw while living in a culture that views pictures as frivolous and unnecessary. I have read this book with elementary students several times and they are always delighted with the story and learn a great deal about this American artist. Anyone who loves Marguerite Henry's horse stories will enjoy this biography as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Cummings on February 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Benjamin West, displayed natural talent in drawing and painting. These talents were not acceptable in that time because they were not practical.Because of its unusual nature, his talents were subject for discussion @ the weekly Friends Meeting and it was concluded that his talent was God-given and he should be allowed to pursue this special ability. Marguerite Henry has written a very readable chapter book for children, but its also fascinating for adults. The references indicate that she carried out research [c. 10 professional sources]so that it is historically accurate. I remembered some of this background from my grammar school classes in Phildelphia and found, from the depths of my memory, Benjamin West and His Cat, and found it came from a book still in print. I ordered the book from Amazon, read it late one night on returning from the ballet, and still found it captivating. Not only do I recommend this for children, but adults should find it intriguing--and written with clarity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Cole on July 14, 2011
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Benjamin West and his Cat Grimalkin is a wonderful childhood classic. It is a warm and rich story of a boy and his inspirational cat, full of emotional insight of that of a quaker boy. My children (and husband) looked forward to every chapter each evening. This book is based on the life of the father of American painting! We took it further and made paintbrushes the way Benjamin West did and well as mixing up different soils for "colors" of the earth and painted different animals. What a great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda R. Gabriel on May 15, 2013
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This is a charming book about the real Quaker boy who became the royal painter to King George III. The story is set in mid-18th century in Pennsylvania. At this time, Quakers believed art to be worldly and vain. While Benjamin secretly practices his drawing skills, he is aided by local Indians who teach him how to make colors out of things found in nature. Benjamin also shows his resourcefulness and determination when he "borrows" fur from his cat's tail to make paintbrushes. Benjamin respectfully works to persuade his parents and church to recognize his talent and to permit him to receive art training. Benjamin West became a famous and influential painter as a result and is known as The Father of American Painting. After reading this story, my kids were excited when we visited the Huntington Library in Pasadena and saw a couple of West's paintings hanging in the art gallery. The story of Benjamin West encourages children to be persistent in developing their talents. The story also lends itself to supplemental lessons or research about the Quakers, William Penn, and West's art. Kids and adults of all ages will love this book!
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