April Fool’s

April Fool’s: Girl With Shopkeeper, 1948

Did you know that Norman Rockwell illustrated magazine covers specifically for April Fool’s Day?

He has always been one of my favorite artists. I studied his paintings as a child because I loved the stories they told or caused me to imagine they told. But I’ll admit some of these April Fool’s Day covers have not been my favorites. There are just too many strange objects in them.

For instance, the doll the little girl holds would have been spooky to me as a child. Actually, I have to admit I still find some of the objects creepy. I could give you more examples, but then I might be spoiling the game for you.

Odd or not, these illustrations are a great way to practice your observation skills. Norman Rockwell listed 57 errors, mistakes, and inaccuracies in this particular painting from 1948. If you want to make a game of it you can try my strategy if you’d like.

First I listed all the obvious ones that stood out to me right from the start. I spotted twenty-seven. Then working systematically, I started at the top of the page and scanned my way down in sections.

Make your list of the items on a separate piece of paper. Only check the link for accuracy when you’re certain you’ve found all the oddities you can possibly find.


In the comments section below, tell me how many you found and the strategy you used. By the way, some people have hinted there may be more than 57 total. What do you think?

Until next time . . . Travel Light,

© 2019 SuZan Klassen

6 thoughts on “April Fool’s

  1. I used the find-the-story-in-the-painting technique for one of my coaching clients who was stuck. And you’re right – Norman Rockwell is a master at telling the story through art.

  2. How cool is this?! I never knew Normal Rockwell did these kinds of paintings… but I’m excited for the challenge 🙂

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