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The Perfect Spot Hardcover – April 29, 1992

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  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; First Edition edition (April 29, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399221328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399221323
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A somewhat headstrong artist in search of "just the right scene" leads off the adventure in this slight picture book. Accompanied by his son--who has his own plans for exploring the woods--Dad brings paints, easel and a big canvas while the boy carries a net, jar and some shortbread. Dad's temper grows short as his ideal location keeps eluding him, so when the boy falls into a stream, he is sure he will be in trouble. But a good splash in the water cools everyone down and saves the afternoon. Blake's matter-of-fact text, narrated by the son, moves along briskly. Although most children will warm to the father-son excursion, some readers may be troubled by Dad's gruff, impatient manner. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate Blake's ( Riptide ; Finding Foxes ) expansive watercolors--occasionally calling to mind the work of Ted Rand--that depict a quiet wooded world of interspersed sun and shade, where deer dart among the trees and rushing water provides the only sound. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Vibrant watercolors and lively text reveal the warm relationship between a boy and his artist-father. Together the pair search the woods for ``the perfect spot'' for the father to paint and the son to catch insects and frogs. The impressionistic illustrations depict the natural beauty of the forest and streams. The brief text is carefully placed on double-page spreads to achieve a unity with the accompanying pictures. A wordless spread captures the special magic of a shared moment of silence as father and son watch a herd of deer stop and drink from the stream. In addition to revealing the wonders of the natural world, this book would also be useful for units about artists and their work. --Barbara B. Murphy, Shaler Area School District Libraries, Pittsburgh
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer on July 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The Perfect Spot is the perfect book for showing the father and son relationship. They are each looking for that perfect spot each for different reasons. The author-illustrator's setting is the very beautiful Schooley's Mountain County park in northwest New Jersey.
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