My Fingerpaint Masterpiece


Children - Grade K-3rd
28 Pages
Reviewed on 03/11/2014
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

Beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder and nothing illustrates that truth better than My Fingerpaint Masterpiece written by Sherrill S. Cannon and illustrated by Kalpart. When a child is interrupted from a fingerpainting of his dog while at school, it is the start of a chain of events that leads one to wonder exactly how people determine what art becomes a masterpiece. On the way home, the child’s painting is blown out of his hands and lands in an art shop. It is then accidentally entered into an art contest and after the judges turn it in every direction, they decide that it is the winning entry. Disgusted with the outcome and the way that everyone is attempting to discover the deep meaning of his painting, the child tries to get everyone’s attention, but no one will believe him.

Sherrill S. Cannon and Kalpart have created a delightful story that actually gets right to the heart of what I think about some of the “masterpieces” that I have seen. My Fingerpaint Masterpiece expresses a truth about abstract art that few would ever admit. Splash several different colors on a canvas and anyone who is an “official critic” with enough imagination to make it into something will determine that it is a masterpiece. The colorful interpretation of the story by the illustrator of this story far exceeds many of the “masterpieces” in the modern art world in my opinion. Funny, colorful and brilliant, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece will put a satisfied smile on your face as you consider how silly some people can be about art.

Midwest Book Review

"My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" is a delightful rhyming story about honesty, character, and creativity, with lots of jokes and hidden surprises in the illustrations and text. One day in art class a child creates an unfinished finger painting while thinking of a scene of his pet dog on the lawn. The unfinished, unsigned painting begins travels of its own on the way home with the child when a wind blows it into the Rainbow Connection Art Gallery where it is framed and hung with other paintings by mistake. Many complications multiply, and finally the unknown fingerpaint masterpiece is awarded first place! The child finally speaks up and tries to take credit for the misunderstood finger painting, no one will believe her/him. This typical reaction is accepted by both child and parents, and the upshot of the story is, a fingerpaint masterpiece by an unnamed artist hangs in the Museum Art Gallery with First Prize award ribbon pinned to it. "My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" is beautifully illustrated and delivered with style. Hidden throughout the illustration pages are images of the author's other popular children's books, a witty hello to fans of Ms. Cannon's juvenile works. An audience of middle elementary students will appreciate "My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" and benefit from its positive message for creative minds of all ages.

San Diego Examiner Review

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece Children’s Book – by Victoria Wagner Ross – San Diego eBooks Examiner. 4/19/14

Sherrill S. Cannon’s latest children’s book My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is done in rhyme as her previous books, Manner-Man, Gimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, and Santa’s Birthday Gift. GTMA Review has called her, ‘a modern day Dr. Seuss.’ She is a former teacher who has won eighteen awards for her five previous rhyming books along with seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children.

All of her books have been part of a fundraiser for the CureJM Foundation for over a year – 50 percent of the price of the books goes to the CureJM Foundation. JM = Juvenile Myositis, an incurable children’s disease. The site for that is found on her CureJM website.

Breaking news is that she is also in the process of creating the same kind of fundraiser for the imbullyfree.org non-profit group, helping to prevent bullying. My “Manners” books (The Magic Word, Gimme-Jimmy and Manner-Man) fit right into that niche!! The new site announce today will be her new website against bullying.

This delightful book, ‘My Fingerpaint Masterpiece’ is very much a story with a message for young and old alike. A budding young artist sits in art class dipping her fingers into a bowl of paint and ‘drew on the paper my very best scene’. But as she walked home from school the wind took the paper from her. It flew away. The young artist had never finished it!! How could they know it was to be her very special scene? A week later she sees it at a store. It was found and displayed in an art gallery where it won first prize!

Finally, as everyone described what they saw in the painting, our young painter shouted: ‘It’s my painting that you all are raving about!’ They just ignored her and said: ‘You’re only a child telling stories, I fear.’ It is easy to dismiss a child or anyone that it is only a story? Are children not to be believed because they are young?

It is very difficult to believe, to have trust and faith in the human spirit. Is it we do not trust ourselves? Do we not believe? Perhaps mistrust and inability to believe in a gift from the colors of the universe are the mystery that we do not understand. Perhaps it is found in the heart?

Another beautifully written book it is a masterpiece in belief. With simple hopeful colors from the rainbow swirling throughout the book for KJ and her team of artists at Kalpart it brings the story alive visually.

LAWonder Review

Be sure to include this marvelously entertaining book in your Summer Reading Programs!, April 22, 2014
By
LAWonder (Fairview, UT USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece (Kindle Edition)
This is a delightful story that will surely capture and keep the interest of all elementary age students. It is also a great easy-reader for those students in beginning reading. Like many young students, this young boy began his finger-painting artwork but never finished it before the bell rang. On the way home the storm brewed, the wind blew, and his painting was whipped out of his hand and landed on the bench of s building a man was sorting artwork for display.

This is a humorous account of the results of this unfortunate situation. The wondrous rhyming tale is a wonderful book for story time. It is certain to captivate the entire audience.

The Title and book cover are perfect! The cover is eye-catching and colorful. The illustrations done by Kalpart are outstanding.

This book earns a Five Stars review rating.

MD Book Reviews

Book Review & Giveaway: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece by Sherrill Cannon
Posted: 11 Mar 2014 08:30 PM PDT
Review of the picture book, "My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" by Sherrill Cannon. Children's book review by MD Book Reviews.
SON SAYS: I really liked the painting and there was a dog in it and then when I looked at it, I saw it as a giraffe and then later in the book, it said the dog l
looked like a big red giraffe, which is what I was thinking before we read that part. I sort of think that the painting should have won first place, but it was just a kids' painting. MOM SAYS: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece features solid rhyming and meter, bright and kid-friendly illustrations with cameo appearances of characters (and covers) from previous books hidden in the pictures; and a solid plot-line with an important underlying message about "beauty being in the eye of the beholder".
I highly recommend this (and other books by Sherrill Cannon) for children ages 4 to 8 years.

This Kid Reviews Books

Story that makes you think!, May 15, 2014
By This Kid Reviews Books - See all my reviews
This review is from: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece (Kindle Edition)
A student makes a fingerpaint picture in school but doesn’t get it finished. The student takes it home but a gust of wind takes it away – Oh no! There is no name on the picture. It is lost forever! Imagine the student’s surprise when he/she sees it in an art gallery and it won first place in an art contest! The judges think this painting was made by a professional artist because it is a masterpiece! When the student tells everyone that he/she painted the picture, no one believes it. The student is confused that the judges won’t admit that it’s just a kid drawing (and not really that great – according to the student).

I love Ms. Cannon’s rhyme in the book. I can see why she’s won a bunch of awards for her other books. I also like that she purposely didn’t tell the reader who the student is, even though the student is the one narrating the story. It can be a boy or a girl. In fact Ms. Cannon has an author’s note section in the back of the book asking the reader who they think the student is. The illustrations in the book are nice and I really like the kid-art “fingerpaint masterpiece.” :) The ending is open. It leaves the student asking “Why can’t they admit that they really don’t like my print one little bit?” I usually don’t like it when a book doesn’t tie everything up, but with this story, I like that you can take the story to mean a couple of things. I think that it can mean “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or that kids can create wonderful artwork or don’t follow what someone else is saying, just because they are an expert. I am not sure if this is what Ms. Cannon is going for, but that’s how I see it. :)

Midwest Book Review


Midwest Book Review
"My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" is a delightful rhyming story about honesty, character, and creativity, with lots of jokes and hidden surprises in the illustrations and text. One day in art class a child creates an unfinished finger painting while thinking of a scene of his pet dog on the lawn. The unfinished, unsigned painting begins travels of its own on the way home with the child when a wind blows it into the Rainbow Connection Art Gallery where it is framed and hung with other paintings by mistake. Many complications multiply, and finally the unknown fingerpaint masterpiece is awarded first place! The child finally speaks up and tries to take credit for the misunderstood finger painting, no one will believe her/him. This typical reaction is accepted by both child and parents, and the upshot of the story is, a fingerpaint masterpiece by an unnamed artist hangs in the Museum Art Gallery with First Prize award ribbon pinned to it. "My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" is beautifully illustrated and delivered with style. Hidden throughout the illustration pages are images of the author's other popular children's books, a witty hello to fans of Ms. Cannon's juvenile works. An audience of middle elementary students will appreciate "My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" and benefit from its positive message for creative minds of all ages.

Debra Sue Latiolais

"My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" is a masterpiece! I absolutely loved the storyline -- it's "art imitating life", for sure! I was flooded with wonderful memories of my own children's artwork that I proudly displayed on the refrigerator -- never quite sure what they had painted in the picture! I can't wait to read other works by this fabulous author!