And I Paint It
Henriette Wyeth’s World
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- Publication Date: May 18, 2021
- Imprint: Cameron Kids
- Trim Size: 11 1⁄2 x 10
- ISBN: 9781951836047
- Page Count: 40
- Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
- Rights: World/All
A poetic picture-book biography about artist N.C. Wyeth’s daughter, Henriette, a talented painter in her own right
And I think of the girl I am and the girl I’ll be:
A painter, like Pa.
An actress (maybe).
A fairy with wings.
A father and daughter sneak away from their big, busy family to paint in the wild landscape. Together, they paint a lily, bright and white as a star; the green growing into the cap of a strawberry; the blue in the sky running pink. Henriette’s father is N.C. Wyeth, the famous artist, who encourages her to paint what she sees, to awaken into her dreams, and she does, in this poetic picture book inspired by a famous American family of artists.
“Dreamlike and sparkling stream-of-consciousness writing brings to mind Virginia Woolf—and for Henriette, the outdoors clearly provided a room of her own.”Kirkus —
A lovely foray into a painter’s world.Publishers Weekly —
And I Paint It: Henriette Wyeth’s World is a sensitive, satisfying portrayal of an adoring daughter spending time with her father. It’s also an inspiring glimpse into the careful cultivation and blossoming of a child’s creative spirit.BookPage, Alice Cary —
"The prose is full of sensory description that captures Wyeth's observations of her world. In wide double-page spreads, Bates re-creates the lush hillsides of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, crisscrossed with split rail fences and dotted with wildflowers."Horn Book Magazine —
About the author
Beth Kephart is a National Book Award–nominated, award-winning author of more than 20 books. This is her debut picture book with Cameron Kids. Kephart has a deep, personal interest in the Wyeth family. She lives in Pennsylvania. Amy June Bates is the award-winning illustrator of several picture books and chapter books, including the covers of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale series. She lives with her three children and husband in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.