Twenty Heartbeats by Dennis Haseley. Illustrated by Ed Young, 32 pages, hardcover. Roaring Brook Press, 2008. Ages 5 and up.
A wealthy Chinese man dreamt of a painting of his favorite horse. He sought out a man named Homan, known as a great painter of horses and commissioned the portrait. Then he waited…and waited…and waited. As the years passed, his hair grew gray, and he grew furious. What was taking so long? Dennis Haseley’s simple story about the nature of art and the value of time is subtly amplified in stunning layered collages by Caldecott medalist Ed Young.
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