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A wonderful story with realistic and captivating illustrations; this is the perfect way to introduce children to the world of Fine Art. The adventure begins when a butterfly, who’d been quietly hovering over a beautiful white poppy in a seventeenth-century Dutch still-life for three hundred years, suddenly finds herself flying out of her painting! Accidentally dislodged when the museum staff jostle the canvas, Belle and her sidekick Brimstone must find their way back home. Because they are made of paint, they discover that they can blend into any of the other paintings in the museum. They travel through the galleries, morphing into and out of all the different works of art as they search for their painting. At the same time they must avoid becoming lunch for a hungry bird who having been released from another painting by an awkward bump from Brimstone, is in hot pursuit. Belle is an enthralling adventure through three hundred years of art!
“This is a fun way to introduce children to the joy of art” - Dorothy Vogel, American Art Collector
“Dislodged from their masterpiece Belle and her cohort take an adventurous flutter through art history. Belle leads them through danger with determination and charm…a true heroine” Dorothy Lichtenstein, President of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
“This lovely book provides readers with a wonderfully whimsical tour” Toby Tannenbaun, Assistant Director for Education, J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
“Belle is a delicious invitation to see the great National Gallery through the eyes of a butterfly –and to travel, literally, inside various works of art. The idea is a delight for any age!” - Blue Balliett, Award winning children’s book novelist
Foreword Review – “Beautifully conceived and executed, this original and engaging book includes Belle’s journal, which provides details on each painting the duo encounters.”
JCB – “Belle gives us a butterfly’s view of some of the Gallery’s most famous artworks.”
via The Write Game (c) 2011 – “There are books and then there are beautiful books. Here is one of those beauties. And the title says so right up front. Please welcome Mary Lee Corlett and Belle to the Write Game.” … Read More
Mary Quattlebaum, Washington Parent (c) 2012 – “Especially fun for Washington locals is this lushly illustrated story about a butterfly’s travels through the National Gallery of Art. No ordinary insect, Belle was accidentally dislodged from a 17th-century painting in the museum’s collection. As she journeys, she touches on 300 years of art and acquaints kids with the young subjects of such paintings as Vermeer’s Girl with the Red Hat, Goya’s Maria Teresa…” Read More
Hardcover: 56 pages, 30 color photos, 60 color illustrations ISBN-13: 978-1-59373-084-0 Language: English
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Lee Corlett is an art historian and a research associate at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Phyllis Saroff is an artist whose work has appeared in books and magazines and her paintings of wildlife are used in outdoor displays in wildlife management areas across the country. She lives in Annapolis, MD.