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LumpitoReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Lump is a dachshund who lived with, David, American photographer and another dog, Big Dog. Big Dog was quite mean to Lump and picked at him, ate his food, and treated the small dog unfairly. When David was going to photograph Pablo Picasso one day, he took Lump with him and Picasso immediately fell in love with Lump and started calling him Lumpito. Lumpito quickly became friends with Esmeralda the goat and with Yan the dog also in Picasso’s house, but Lumpito was special to Picasso. Picasso painted a personalized plate for Lumpito, held Lumpito all the time, and even fed Lumpito from his own hand. Lumpito was loved in a way he never had been before and David and Picasso decided to leave Lumpito there with his new family.

Lumpito and the Painter from Spain is a very cute children’s book that brings to life a story of a dog and his owner that is true and inspiring. Picasso included Lumpito in one of his paintings and the two were said to be inseparable. Even all the way to the end of their days, the two were connected: Lumpito died only 10 days before Picasso.

I truly loved this story and my children did as well. They laughed and thought it was interesting that this was based on truth. I believe this book would be a great addition to any young reader’s library, but also a great tool in art classrooms or for homeschoolers wanting to add some fun to their art learning. Reading this book caused us to look Picasso up on the internet and browse through and discuss several of his paintings. I love when children’s books become a springboard for further learning!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Monica Kulling. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.