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Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose: The Story of a Painting

BY Hugh Brewster

“A lavishly illustrated true story of the creation of a masterpiece and a young girl’s central role in its development.” Ages 9-12.

John Singer Sargent: The Life of an Artist

BY Eshel Kreiter

“Discusses the life and work of the famous painter John Singer Sargent.” I recommend pre-reading this one as it does briefly discuss the controversy surrounding his Madame X painting. Ages 9-10.

The Magic Hour

BY Ian Beck

“One long, hot summer, Lily and Rose are playing in the garden of a large country house when they spot a strange light. It must be fairies! Determined to catch them, they sneak out at sunset to find the fairies. However, things aren’t always what they seem…Will Lily and Rose be disappointed or will they find something that’s magic in its own way? Based on the world-famous John Singer Sargent painting Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, Ian Beck brings the subjects to life and reveals an inspirational world behind the painting.” Beautifully illustrated and fun to read but not a true story about the painting itself. If you have to choose between this one and the Brewster book above, I would choose the Brewster. Would be best for younger children. Ages 3+.