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Bridget’s Beret by Tom Lichtenheld

Publication Date:
April 27, 2010

Reviewed For:
K-Grade 3

Journal Review / Summary
Bridget loves to draw, but she needs her black artist’s beret as her muse. One day as she is outdoors working, it flies off into the wind, and she believes that her inspiration has flown with it. Other hats don’t help and she stops drawing. But when her little sister begs her to make a sign for a lemonade stand, Bridget agrees. Once she starts painting, she finds that the art was inside her all along; in fact, her new paintings are more sophisticated and draw on the works of recognizable artists. Lichtenheld’s ink, colored pencil, and watercolor cartoon illustrations, heavy on line and filled with childlike drawings, add humor and character to the story. Combined with Peter Reynolds’s The Dot (2003) and Ish (2004, both Candlewick), the ideas for inspiration that are included in the back matter would work well for a lesson on artistic expression. – SLJ

Illustration Medium:
Ink, colored pencil, watercolor, and sidewalk chalk on 80-pound Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper.

Execution in the artistic technique employed:
It’s difficult to tell which parts of the book are done in which medium, which I would imagine is evidence of skill.

Appropriateness of style of illustration to story, theme, and concept:
The illustration style is childlike but still sophisticated, which I think perfectly matches Bridget and her dedication to art (and her beret).

Delineation/interpretation of a plot through illustration:
I don’t really think that the plot is carried fully by the illustration, but

Delineation/interpretation of a theme or concept through illustration:
Well done.

Delineation of characters through illustration:
I love Bridget’s drawing face, with her tongue stuck out.

Delineation of setting through illustration:
I love the park that Bridget draws in – the grass looks so perfect.

Delineation of mood through illustration:
After Bridget’s beret blows away, I expected the drawings to get a little bit darker and depressing, to reflect Bridget’s artistic upset – but the hectic double page spread of Bridget trying to find a new hat seems to have captured that for me.

Delineation of information through illustration:
I love the lemonade signs, where Bridget incorporates famous works of art into her advertisements.

Concluding Caldecott Thoughts:
Maybe.

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