Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2006), 32 pages. $16.95.
An introduction to the life and work of the American painter Georgia O'Keeffe.
32 p.; 8.36 inches
0805077405 / 9780805077407
LibraryThing member danusia
Folk art style, oil illustrations combined with descriptive, lyrical language teach children about the life of American artist, Georgia O'Keefe. This simple biography makes the life of this artist accessible to young children. The wide white frames around each picture make this book better for individual reading as opposed to group sharing.
LibraryThing member crisoneg
Another great art book for children, very student friendly, put the abstract art form into a way younger minds can appreciate.
LibraryThing member mspisa1
I did not like this book at all. The first reason I disliked this book was for the strange illustrations. The book was about the painter Georgia O’Keeffe and the illustrations throughout the book were drawn to resemble the style that O’Keeffe drew in. Before the book began there was an illustrator’s note in which Julie Paschkis, the woman who illustrated the book, said “I refer to photographs of Georgia O’Keeffe and to painting by her…but I didn’t want to re-create her paintings” and instead created the images using a different painting style than O’Keeffe. I looked up some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings and compared them to Paschkis’ and the illustrations in the book were much harder for me to connect to and take what I believe were the emotions Paschkis was trying to convey. For example, on a page that said “the color blue works better for [O’Keeffe]” to portray feelings rather than words, the illustration’s use of blue just looks like a blue dot on the page, but in some of O’Keeffe’s actual paintings, her use of blue casts a somber and even lighthearted emotion on me. Had Paschkis painted her illustrations like O’Keeffe, I believe I would have caught the emotion that was lost in her art style. Another reason I disliked this book is because I would have rather read about the information placed in the “More about Georgia O’Keeffe” section found in the back of the book during the actual text of the book, not at the end after reading the entire book. The section in the back of the book included where and when O’Keeffe was born, the time period in which she was born and the struggles woman artists had at that time, and her lasting impression on the world after her death. These topics would have been better to read about and have illustrations to for me because of the intense emotions connected to these events. Instead, the story talked about instances in which O’Keeffe would go off on her own and find items like the moon, bones, etc. and what she took away from looking at them. Overall, the big idea of this book was to introduce the reader to the life of the artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her art style.
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