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Still Life Stew Hardcover

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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1st edition (January 1, 1900)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786802510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786802517
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,503,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Rose's vegetable garden is a feastAfirst for the eyes, then for the palate. Pittman and Raymond (Brown Cow, Green Grass, Yellow Mellow Sun) gather a carnival of legumes into a sedate pose ("enough to fill her flapping, empty, big, white, waiting paper"), which an aspiring artist uses as the model for her still-life painting. After Rosa completes the picture, the objets d'art turn into culinary ingredients as the girl heaves them into a simmering stew pot ("cut, dice, chop, and slice... salt, pepper, simmer, and serve"). Raymond's clay-baked sculptures add a kooky exuberance to Pittman's bright, bouncy text. The illustrationsAphotographs of the three-dimensional sculpturesAinclude full-haired Rosa, with rope-like locks, surrounded by "lopsided, flute-sided, slippy, slopey, up-and-down-sided" peppers, "long, lanky leeks" and "lumpy-tumbly, wobbly potatoes." The cornucopia of replicated vegetables appears tantalizingly realistic in contrast to Rosa's stiff, occasionally jarring dough-shaped figure and tilted backgrounds with surreal perspectives. Pittman's mulligan of invented, tactile words is a scrumptious, if strenuous, mouthful. A recipe for Rosa's "Still-Life Stew" provides the finishing touch. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4AIn this imaginative picture book, Rosa grows vegetables for her still-life painting. As she picks each one, the rhythmic text describes it with an artist's eye, admiring its special characteristics: "Wide zucchini. Long zucchini./Loopy, curvy, striped zucchini./Rubbery, scratchy, oversize, and teeny-weeny." A variety of other vegetables are celebrated and the name of each one is highlighted in boldfaced type. When Rosa has gathered all of the desired objects, she paints her picture. However, there is one thing more: she cuts up her models to make a "chewy, chompy, tasty, slurpy, yummy/still-life stew." The bright, whimsical illustrations are sculpted out of colored modeling compound, baked, painted with acrylics, assembled, and photographed. Double-page spreads show a lush garden in full bloom, while other pictures focus on a particular vegetable artfully displayed on the page: a variety of peppers are practically woven into Rosa's hair, yellow and striped zucchini dance around a close-up of her red rubber boot, and green beans are strung across her open hands. A recipe for stew is included, as is a brief description of how this book was made. A fine combination of exuberant writing and art that will cheer the creative spirit.ACarolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Illustrations are actually photos taken from detailed figures made from hand made painted sculpy figures, which make the story more animated.
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By S. Dumas on October 7, 2011
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We borrowed this book from our library about five years ago, and remembered it ever since. It look me a long time to get around to buying it used from one of the sellers here at Amazon, and I'm so glad I did. The illustrations are amazing. They are clay and fabric and paint actually sculpted and then photographed. Amazing! The story is about a girl who makes a stew out of the beautiful, colorful vegetables in her garden. The best part is that she uses garlic and one of our favorite lines in this book are about the "sticky garlicky garlic." Only children who have peeled garlic with their mom can appreciate that wonderful description of raw garlic. A gem of a book.
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