Biography in story-poem form.
I guess it's based on a real person, so that's kind of cool. It takes place in the early 1900s, according to the inside flap. It's not really obvious from the book what time period it takes place in, except that the clothing seems outdated. A woman is teaching art, including painting and sketching, to children. They come to her flat and see all her animals. They go around as a group and paint stuff. It's descriptive. It doesn't even say where it takes place. It's very vague.
The imagery is kind of cool. It's oil paintings on canvas, and comes of looking almost like pastels, with thick layering. It's interesting. It's not an amazing book, but it's pretty. It's kind of light and not heavy-handed about anything. It's a cool idea but doesn't mean much to me.