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My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter

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  • Posted November 4, 2012

    Great story about a great artist

    Georgia sees the world differently. She drew things BIG so people could see how she saw things. She painted everything, statues, skies, flowers, bones, and the Earth. She loved to paint. She did it until she died at the age of 98. Now, her paintings are known all over the world, and through them, we can see what she saw. Why I liked this book – First of all, it has wonderful, I repeat, WONDERFUL, illustrations. Second, I like that it is nonfiction and about an artist I really liked learning about. It is written in the first person of Georgia. I like that. It is unique. I like all the drawings of what she actually painted (cartoon-y versions of her paintings). That was cool. I recommend this book to kids 6+.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    Creative and Vibrant

    ¿I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me-shapes and ideas.¿ An excerpt from Jeanette Winter¿s picture book, My Name is Georgia, this is just one of the many sentences that glorify and accept a woman¿s individuality. This book is a portrait of an artist named Georgia O¿Keefe, born in Wisconsin in 1887, who is known for her independence, uniqueness, creativity, and boldness. Winter does a wonderful job of capturing all these colorful characteristics. What better way to learn about someone, like O¿Keefe, than to read her actual words! Winter does this by using quotations from O¿Keefe herself found in published writings that are represented throughout the book by italics. The book begins with O¿Keefe¿s childhood and how different she was than all of her sisters and how much she enjoyed and embraced being alone all of the time. It then takes a turn and follows O¿Keefe through her school years from Chicago to New York City, ending in the New Mexico Desert where she lived to be 98 years old. While reading this short picture book the reader takes the journey with O¿Keefe as Winter provides us with great detail of what and how O¿Keefe painted. Winter uses some of the same techniques as O¿Keefe did in her paintings, mimicking vibrant color and detail in the flowers and bones that O¿Keefe loved to paint. This book is a great way to simultaneously promote individuality in children and learn about the importance of biographies¿it is a treat for all to enjoy!

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