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The Great Paint

The Great Paint

Published: 4 Mar 2021

Hardback, 32 pages

Recommended for age 3+ and 5+

Illustrated by Alex Willmore

Published by Tate Publishing

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Frog thinks he's pretty artistic and that the rest of the forest could do with a little bit of inventive improvement. From painting to sculpture, to performance art and origami, Frog gets to work on beautifying everything around him ... but will his friends appreciate his creativity?

And how will Frog show them he's sorry and that true creative inspiration lies in the friendship of others?

The Great Paint is a brilliantly funny tale about what can happen when we forget to think of others and get carried away with our artistic endeavours...

Tagged art and artists , creativity and frogs and toads

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Reviewed by Aimee Durning

The Great Paint by Alex Willmore : Frog, was looking for some inspiration to brighten up his dull swamp. Luckily Frog was an artist with a flair for innovative materials to create his wonderful masterpieces. He gathered honey, some animal hair and some pink berries to set about adding colour to his surroundings.

Sadly Frog was somewhat misguided in his belief that the animals who lived alongside him would appreciate his artistic talents. This did not deter him at all, he was determined to share his passion with them all. Sculpture, painting and the performing arts was Frog’s forte. He saw the beauty of art in every landscape and soon got to work adding a splash of colour. If the animals were stationary for too long, Frog would spruce them up with a little colour also.

Swish! Splash! Splosh! A little bit of colour here and a little bit of colour there.

Unfortunately, the animals did not like Frog’s artwork or see his talent. They demanded that he should stop making such a mess and head back to his swamp to leave them in peace and quiet in their tidy surroundings. Surroundings that they enjoyed. Frog returned to his swamp slightly disheartened but not for long. He knew exactly what he had to do to share his love of the arts with those who are important in his life. His friends. The Great Paint explores friendship and creativity in an engaging and accessible way.

Aimee works at the University of Cambridge Primary School as the Lead Learning Coach (TA) and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She loves reading and sharing her passion for children’s literature with everyone she meets. Another passion of Aimee’s is educational success for all children and she endeavours to assist children to reach their full potential.