The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece

Miletsky, Jay
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Join a spunky collection of paintbrushes as they set out to create a grand masterpiece.

When some of the brushes don't cooperate, is it because they are misbehaving...or is there another reason entirely? In this story, young readers are introduced to some of the behavioral differences in their autistic peers.

Without ever mentioning any particular challenge or disability by name, this story helps children recognize and understand what autism is, and impress upon them the importance of showing kindness to those who are different, wrapped into a fun story with lighthearted, engaging characters.

They worked through the day, then stopped and admired,
the wisdom their now-painted canvas inspired:
their painting was perfect, It all meshed just fine,
with it's colorful circles, and angry green line.
It was a true masterpiece, not one thing was wrong,
including the hum of their single-note song.

Written in verse, "The Masterpiece" combines the lyrical rhythm of Dr. Seuss, with the playfulness of Mo Willems, in a bright, colorful fantasy world where all people, regardless of their differences, prove to be an important part of the community canvas.

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: New Paige Press (September 25, 2019)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578496382