In anna and johanna the author astutely drafts an engaging tale based on a real painting by a master artist perhaps this will encourage children to view masterpieces of art from the ages looking at the minute detail that tells the story then perhaps they too will draft a beautiful tale based on a wonderful work of artistry . Anna and johanna share a birthday one girl is the daughter of the master of the house the other is the daughter of a housemaid but the girls are best friends and prepare a gift for each other for their special day but this year is different a letter reveals a family secret that could change their lives forever. This delightful tale about two young friends in 17th century holland is inspired by vermeers two masterpieces the milkmaid and the lacemakeralthough one is the daughter of a wealthy dutch family and the other a household servant anna and johanna become friends. In anna and johanna graldine elschner has written such a book about the women in vermeers the milkmaid and in the lacemaker and the way she has created a fictional story from the what ifs of these two paintings is absorbing surprising and uplifting all at once florence koenigs illustrations elegantly mirror mimic and
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