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Bark and Tim: A True Story of Friendship (Based on the Paintings of Tim Brown) [Hardcover]

Audrey Glassman Vernick , Ellen Glassman Gidaro

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This work is suitable for ages 4 to 8 years. Based on the childhood of Mississippi folk artist Tim Brown, whose paintings are littered throughout the text, this story about Tim's tender friendship with his dog, Bark, is full of lessons of bittersweet love and the redemptive power of art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A "MUST HAVE" FOR PET LOVERS . . . 8 Feb 2004
By Tamra Wight - Published on Amazon.com
this heartwarming story about a boy and his dog is even more special, knowing it's based on the artist's own childhood and illustrated with his paintings. Sisters Audrey and Ellen tell Tim Brown's story beautifully.
The relationship between Bark & Tim reminded me of pets I've loved and lost, bringing tears to my eyes. My son asks for it often, as he enjoys Bark's antics.
BARK & TIM is the perfect addition to a pet lovers library!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True and Beautiful Story of a Boy and His Dog 4 May 2004
By Troy Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
This story flows like a river on a lazy summer afternoon, winding its way across the Mississippi countryside of the 1920's and 30's. Audrey Glassman Vernick and Ellen Glassman Gidaro's language is both deceptively simple and wonderfully rich. Tim Brown's folk art is as scruffy as Bark himself, and is all the more real for that.
Bark and Tim gives us rough-hewn truth and timeworn beauty. It gives us piny woods, soft grass, and shiny mud. It gives us the early-dark days between Halloween and Thanksgiving, the cloudy mist of Christmas dreams, the sweet air of Spring, and the warm summer sun. It gives us a boy, his dog, and all the seasons they spent together.
Bark and Tim gives us love. Not the some idealized, syrupy, slicked-up version of love. It gives us real love. And thank goodness for that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful 18 April 2004
By Cassandra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I originally bought this book for myself. There is something about this book that pulls you in, and makes you want to own it. The combination of the author's story and Tim Brown's artwork is magical. After reading Bark and Tim to my daughter for the first time, she took over my copy and now likes to keep it beside her at night. She says she wants to sleep with Bark. It definitely has both adult and kid appeal.

Would also make a great gift to anyone who loves art, dogs, picture books, or just a good, unique story.

When you're done enjoying the book, don't forget to read the author's note at the end. The story of their collaboration with Tim Brown is worthy of its own book. It's a fascinating story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bittersweet, tender tale of love and loss 8 Feb 2004
By Laura Ruby - Published on Amazon.com
Deceptively simple, Bark and Tim brings you an age-old story of friendship, that between a boy and his beloved dog. Tim Brown's colorful folk art and the spare (but evocative) text will engage and delight children, while it helps them to understand that, through art, we can keep our friends in our hearts forever.
5.0 out of 5 stars great discovery of American Folk Artist 5 April 2007
By A. G. Maris - Published on Amazon.com
This delicate children's books reveals a small part of the talent of artist Tim Brown;one becomes curious to see more of his work.
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