Lunchtime for a Purple Snake (Hardcover)

By Todd McKie (Illustrator), Harriet Ziefert

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780618311330, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2003

List Price: 15.00*
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Jessica's grandpa is an artist, and she loves to visit him in his studio. On this visit, Jessica and her grandpa paint a picture together, and he teaches her a little about color and composition along the way. Readers will enjoy watching the painting develop, one element at a time, until finally it is complete and ready for a title. Unpretentious and fun, Lunchtime for a Purple Snake brushes away mystery and intimidation to reveal the joy and discovery painting brings to artists young and old.

Praise For Lunchtime for a Purple Snake

“Budding artists, at home or in class, ill learn from this and receive inspiration.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“McKie and Ziefert’s successful collaboration continues as text and illustrations support one another with a practiced expression.” School Library Journal

“McKie renders Grandpa’s studio as an oasis of geometric shapes in solid, sophisticated color.” Publishers Weekly

“An artist is born.” Kirkus Reviews