Benjamin West was born with an extraordinary giftâthe gift of creating paintings of people, animals, and landscapes so true to life they âtook oneâs breath away.â But Benjamin is part of a deeply religious Quaker family, and Quaker beliefs forbid the creation of images.
Because Benjaminâs family didnât approve of his art, he had to make his own painting supplies. The local Native Americans taught him how to mix paints from earth, clay, and plants. And his cat, Grimalkin, sacrificed hair from his tail for Benâs brushes.
This classic story from Newbery Awardâwinning author Marguerite Henry features the original text with gorgeous new cover art.
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