Wednesday, October 21, 2015

31 Days of Book Detectives ~ Day 21: The Boy Who Loved to Draw

Book Detectives ~ The Boy Who Loved to Draw @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

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The Boy Who Loved to Draw is a picture book biography of the very first world-famous American artist, Benjamin West. Children who enjoy this story may enjoy the longer entertaining biography Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin by Marguerite Henry, acclaimed author of Misty of Chincoteague.

Benjamin West has a talent and a deep desire for drawing and painting, but the Quaker family and society into which he is born is very practical and Benjamin’s drawing leads him into mischief! Will they come to understand and value his abilities?

[This picture book includes three small reproductions of Benjamin West’s art, including his first painting, painted at age ten!]

Crime Scene [Setting]



West household

Real world, true story


Colonial America

Mid-1700s, before the Revolutionary War

Benjamin’s whole boyhood

Suspects [Characters]


Benjamin West—young boy, loved to draw and paint, very talented, a little mischievous

The West family (Mama, Papa, John, Thomas, Samuel, Joseph, Rachel, Sarah, Hannah, Mary, and Elizabeth)—Quakers, stern

Baby Sally

Gray Wolf—Lanape “Indian,” lived in wigwam, sold baskets, kind and helpful

Grimalkin the cat

31 Days of Book Detectives ~ The Boy Who Loved to Draw @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

1 comment:

Angel said...

Love, love these posts! Thanks so much for the effort with the 31 day series! a couple of the books are already on hold at my library, and several are now in my Amazon cart. :) I'm not so confident in my abilities with literary analysis yet, but reading these posts is a huge help! excited to try more with some of these books!