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Still Life Stew Hardcover – January 1, 1900

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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.

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1st edition (May 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786802510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786802517
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.2 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: #4,039,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Helena Clare Pittman is the author/illustrator of 17 books for children. E.P.Dutton, Harcourt Brace, Random House, Dial Books, Hastings House, Hyperion and Carolrhoda/Lerner Publications are some of her publishers. Her book, "A Grain of Rice," a Scholastic Math Club Book, and a New York Times Years Best Paperback Book, has been in print for 27 years, and is widely used in school Math and Global Studies curriculums. "A Grain..." is also part of The Columbia Teachers College list of books for recommended curriculum.
Helena Pittman's book, "The Gift of the Willows," was a Children's Book Council/International Reading Association/Children's Choice Book.
"Uncle Phil's Diner," part of the " Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn" writing, was a Smithsonian Book, 1998. This book, and many of Pittman's other titles, has been well reviewed by Booklist and Kirkus."Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn" is based on the author's childhood. The enclosed, limited edition, subscription, independently published author's edition received warm and enthusiastic reader reviews on Amazon Kindle.
Though the author's family is Jewish, readers of all backgrounds have found a kindred experience in the stories that make up "Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn." This book paints a vivid picture of life in the 1950's in Brooklyn. It is an historic portrait of a warm, post-war, Jewish neighborhood. The book embodies history, universal family interactions, a child dealing with the illness and loss of her mentor aunt, the issue of bullying, and, most basically, offers the inner life of a child coming of age, relevant to all contemporary concerns. The book has the added dimension of appealing to adults as well as young readers. "Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn" is Helena Clare Pittman's first novel. Portions of this book have been published in Cricket Magazine, along with about 20 of her other stories, over the last twenty, or so, years.

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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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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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