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The Forest Has Eyes Hardcover – January 9, 1998


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From Publishers Weekly

A range of Doolittle's Native American art prints is here presented in a kind of exhibition accessible to young readers. In her strongest landscapes, the artist introduces hidden spirits that readers can decipher as a kind of puzzle. For instance, a lone rider travels by horseback over a stream where rocks and tree branches subtly outline the faces of Native American elders. In other landscapes, the connections are more obvious, as in a painting of Snow Eagle Pass, where glacial snow reflected in water creates an eagle's wingspread. Several take on a "pop art" quality, with well-defined portraits surrounded by hazy animal spirits of a buffalo or grizzly bear. Using yet another, more sophisticated style for a pair of paintings perhaps most appropriate for adults, Doolittle creates a hyperrealistic atmosphere with a clarity of line, stark palette and flood of light that suggests an enigma (e.g., hidden in a thicket, a hunter wearing a bearskin stares out at viewers as a grouse appears to fly off the page). The text serves as a way into the paintings, inviting both readers' imagination and their further contemplation: "Can you see the faces in the forest watching you?" and "When you sit quietly, where do your thoughts go?" Doolittle's images, coupled with McClay's heightened prose, will stir readers' thoughts concerning both the natural world around them and the spirits of those who walked before them. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-8-Doolittle's portfolio of 13 limited-edition prints celebrates the "magic eyes" of Native Americans. The artwork is often extraordinary; the free verse poetry/prayers accompanying it are, unfortunately, patronizing and preachy ("How many scouts do you see?" or "My people, the two-legged ones,/Have bulldozed your dens to make highways/ and supermarkets"). The artist's specialty is camouflage art, in which hidden images are subtly woven into the main one, adding an unexpected dimension to the scene. In one painting, rocks and grass form a wolf's head while in another gray rocks around a watering hole magically become buffalo in the pool's reflection. Doolittle's landscapes-with-hidden-faces collection is a terrific vehicle for getting youngsters to slow down and take another look. These clever paintings encourage children to let their imaginations run wild.
John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: The Greenwich Workshop Press; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (January 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867130555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867130553
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful experience in the moment of reading. But more importantly for me, it begins to help both children and adults learn how to "see" differently. That makes it a great introduction to the appreciation of art for children. In addition, the subject of the story is very enriching and helps to develop a connection to nature. No small feat in todays technological/video environment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Humbertson on June 1, 2008
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it's okay for the price but don't get this one in addition to another of her books. It has the same , but less of it. Not a whole lot to the book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1998
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This book gives you a collection of Doolittle's work that makes a GREAT conversation piece. It shows her work and displays a story with each piece. A must have for all lovers of Bev's work
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KC on November 5, 2006
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I have this book available in my middle school classroom and the students love it. It is a favorite book among my students and it is always being used during free times: silent reading or those students who finish early. The artwork of Bev Doolittle is very beautiful, eye-cathing, and inspiring.
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By ChattyCathy on September 19, 2012
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My neighbor is a fan of the author/artist and has many prints of hers. As I was looking for a Christmas gift for him, we found the book on your site. The art is awesome. You can get lost in a picture...and all those pictures within a picture...really wonderful.
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By Kindle Customer on February 19, 2013
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The book came sooner than expected. The dust jacket had a little bit more wear and tear than I expected but overall very pleased with the product. Transaction went very smoothly and have no complaints!! Thank you!!
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I received the book a day early which was great. The book was in great condition, it even had it's cover. I have recommended
the book to many and I reordered 4 more books with the same title.
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By Carol Sacks on April 1, 2014
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Bev Doolittle is a camouflage artist. The more you look at her pictures, the more you see, the more the story unfolds. She's an exquisite realistic painter with a glorious imagination.
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