Saturday, June 25, 2005

The Gentleman and the Kitchen Maid

a picture book by Diane Stanley, pictures by Dennis Nolan
In the city there was a great art museum.
There, two paintings, "Portrait of a Young Gentleman" and "The Kitchen Maid," hung across from each other.

Over the years, the two (the gentleman and the kitchen maid) fell in love. Unfortunately, they were trapped in their different worlds, in separate canvases, on opposite walls.

Other portraits in the room criticized their romance. "I can't imagine what he sees in her," a Grand Duchess sniffs.

One day, Rusty, a young art student, realizes the couple's longing for each other. By the end of the book, she finds a way to bring the lovers together at last.

The Gentleman and the Kitchen Maid proves that picture books can be very romantic! This love story shows young readers that beauty is in the eye of the beholder - and that true love knows no boundaries.

Louisa and I love this book. The romance is so sweet - and the artist, Dennis Nolan, did an amazing job bringing a museum to life.

Louisa and I agree that the book's ending is one of our all time favorites.