The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse

by Patricia MacLachlan

Other authorsHadley Hooper (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2014



Local notes

921 MAT



Roaring Brook Press (2014), 40 pages


If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures? Find out in this beautiful, unusual picture book about one of the world's most famous and influential artists by acclaimed author and Newbery Medal-winning Patricia MacLachlan and innovative illustrator Hadley Hooper.


Original language


Physical description

40 p.; 9.31 inches



User reviews

LibraryThing member melodyreads
simple story; author's note at end tells enough about Matisse to make the story stand out as important information.
LibraryThing member JessicaLeupold
This book is a must have for art lessons. This book would be marvelous for teaching color theory. Too often children will say the sky is blue if you ask them what color it is, but if you really look the sky is not just blue, it is gray and yellow and white, not simply blue. The Iridescence of Birds
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is illustrated wonderfully, and the limited text helps create the overall feel of the story.
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LibraryThing member Sullywriter
A beautiful, rich, poetic portrait of the nurturing of creativity.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Lovely.  The poetry of MacLachlan's words, the concept and design of the book, and the art that is evocative of Matisse's work but not a copy of it (except for a few bits that very much are, of course) bring the fauve master to life like no other learned explanation in a history of art that I've
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ever read.  If you've ever felt anything remotely like I wish I understood modern art better" you will appreciate, and enjoy, this gem.  *All* ages, even the littlest, can appreciate this on some level."
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