Artists and Writers (Women's History Month)
Here are three more books the girls and I have read this Women's History Month!
|Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales.|
Roaring Brook Press, 2014.
Yuyi Morales's puppet figures are amazing. Here is a video she posted on YouTube, showing the making of the book.
|Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude by Jonah Winter,|
illustrated by Calef Brown. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009.
Speaking of Jonah Winter, this has to be my favorite book of his we've read so far. Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is a wonderfully playful look at Gertrude Stein. It is written in a way that pays homage to Stein's nonsensical, rhythmic writing style. My daughters read it when I was away one night, and told me the next day, "That was the weirdest book we ever read! We didn't understand it, but we loved it!" I told them a bit about Gertrude Stein, how she played with words, more concerned with the sounds than the sense they made. I explained how she and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, lived in Paris and entertained famous authors and writers, such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Ernest Hemingway. Then I told them they knew one of Stein's poems! Stein's "A Very Valentine" appears in animated form on Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now) The Poetry Show. You can see the video at The Poetry Foundation website.
|Wanda Gág: The Girl Who Lived to Draw by Deborah Kogan Ray.|
Viking Books for Young Readers, 2008.
Can you name the oldest American picture book in print today? That would be Wanda Gág's Millions of Cats, published in 1928, one of the few picture books to receive a Newbery Honor. (The Caldecott Award did not come into being for another nine years.) This straightforward picture book biography tells the story of Gág's happy early childhood, spent drawing alongside her artist father, listening to fairy tales. When her beloved father dies, teenage Wanda has to help care for her younger siblings, never losing her love of art. She wins a scholarship to study art in New York City. At an art showing of Gág's, a children's book editor is inspired to ask her to try her hand at picture books. Millions of Cats would soon be born! This is a very pretty and informative book. I like that the author/illustrator's style is so different from Gág's. We're already familiar with her most famous book, so we checked out Gág's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
In researching Wanda Gág (rhymes with "log") a bit, I found the link to the Wanda Gág House in New Ulm, Minnesota. Wow. I want to go to there.