The Little Painter of Sabana Grande
Patricia Maloney Markun

Summaries & Reviews

  • Lacking paper, a young Panamanian artist paints the outside of his adobe home.
  • A boy paints his adobe home in lovely pictures.
  • Fernando wants desperately to paint, but he has no paper. Finally, his parents give him permission to paint the outside of the house.
  • The true story of a young painter who paints the outside walls of his family's adobe house.
  • After artistic Fernando learns to make paint in the traditional Panamanian way, he paints on the adobe wall of his house.
  • After Fernando learns how to make his own paints, he is excited about using his beautiful colors to create wonderful pictures during his vacation. But when the time comes, the young Panamanian boy discovers he doesn’t have all the materials that are needed. Lacking paper, he paints the outside of his adobe home.
  • A young Panamanian boy has a desire to paint but no paper. He gets permission to paint his parents house and ends up painting all of the houses in the village.
  • When Fernando's teacher tells him how to make his own paints, he knows how he'll spend his vacation. He'll make wonderful pictures with beautiful colors. But Fernando finds he has no paper. Then he gets an idea that brightens his entire village of Sabana Grande.
  • This book is a boy who wants to paint.But then he has no paper.Then he asks his neighbors for paper but they don`t have any paper.So then he asks his Dad to paint on the house but he can`t.Then he got so upset that his parents let him paint.Then he painted all the houses.
  • After learning how to mix paints in school, a young Panamanian boy decides to paint a picture -- until he discovers he has no paper. But the smooth walls of his adobe house are almost as good, and Fernando soon covers them with images from the forest around him. Based on a true story, the text, aided by realistic watercolors, conveys the flavor of a small Panamanian village.
  • Fernando's teacher has told him how to make paint with natural materials--charcoal, berries, clay--so that he can continue with his art during the vacation; the one thing lacking is paper. Still, the white side of his own house looks inviting; and after his parents' initial resistance is overcome, Fernando decorates it with festoons of vines, flowers, and animals--a rooster, a monkey--familiar in his village in Panama. Based on an actual happening, Markun's first book is a straightforward, believable account, smoothly incorporating details of Panamanian life. Casilla's paintings serve the text well enough; his characters aren't well individualized, but his large spreads are colorful and attractive, and he does convey the young artist's intensity.