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Loren Spiotta-Di Mare, Illustrated by Cliff Miller, with reproductions of four Rockwell illustrations - All books by this author

Available in Janauary 2005

Newest in Barron’s series of picture storybooks about famous artists and ordinary kids, this delightful tale is based on a true incident in the lives of Norman Rockwell and Scotty Ingram, a kid who often posed for Rockwell’s illustrations. In this story, Rockwell is having trouble finding exactly the right model to pose with Scotty for a series of four calendar illustrations. The sought-after model turns out to be a dog—but the canine shouldn’t be too small nor too large. None of the dogs Rockwell sees in his pleasant New England town of Stockbridge quite fills the bill. Then Scotty finds a friendly stray beagle, and this little dog turns out to be perfect for their pictures. But the Beagle has a surprise for them both—a surprise that adds a truly memorable touch to Norman Rockwell’s fourth and final calendar painting. This charming story is complemented with attractive illustrations on every page, including reproductions of Rockwell’s four calendar illustrations of the boy and his dog. (Ages 4–8)

From the reviews:
“Miller’s realistic style is reminiscent of Rockwell’s art. Softer and less crisp, these nostalgic paintings enhance the feeling of the simpler time and place that the story suggests.”
School Library Journal, August 2005

About The Author:
Loren Spiotta-DiMare
is an award-winning writer who specializes in animal and art subjects. She has written three previous picture storybooks for young readers, as well as three pet reference books for adults. She lives in Tewksbury, New Jersey.

About The Illustrator:
Cliff Miller
has been painting portraits, illustrating books, book covers, movie billboards and other products for more than 25 years. His clients have included Miramax Films, Warner Brothers, Henson Associates, Inc. and Lucas Films Ltd., and many of America’s leading book publishers, among others. He lives and works in Seaford, NY.

Hardcover w/jacket / 32 Pages / 7 7/16x 10 5/8 / 2004


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