A Bird or Two; A Story about Henri Matisse

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Greens greener than apples, yellows more yellow than lemons…

In the brilliant sun of Nice, France, Henri Matisse painted the brightest, boldest colors he could imagine. Joyfully he painted everywhere and everyone. Enchanted and with a light heart, he painted all the time.

The first in a new series of picture books about artists, A Bird or Two introduces young readers to the ...

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Overview

Greens greener than apples, yellows more yellow than lemons…

In the brilliant sun of Nice, France, Henri Matisse painted the brightest, boldest colors he could imagine. Joyfully he painted everywhere and everyone. Enchanted and with a light heart, he painted all the time.

The first in a new series of picture books about artists, A Bird or Two introduces young readers to the beloved painter Henri Matisse. Bijou Le Tord’s delightful illustrations capture the vivid colors of Matisse, and her poetic words sing to the music of his pictures.

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
Echoing Matisse's intense, beautifully balanced palette, his freely brushed black lines, and even his actual paintings, Le Tord creates a series of vibrant illustrations that in many ways resemble Matisse's own work.
Publishers Weekly
When [Le Tord] declares that “Matisse/made us/'hear'/with our/eyes/the music/he painted/in his/pictures,” her meaning comes through loud and clear—there is music in her work, too.
School Library Journal
This lovely tribute to the father of modern art begins with his move to Nice, where he created some of his most joyful paintings, until his death at 84.... Masterful illustrations filled with the rich colors, sparkling lights, and bold shapes that the artist loved echo his vision of life. This beautiful creation allows children to experience two gifted artists—Matisse and Le Tord.
Children's Literature - Jeanne Pettenati
This book, with its many lush pictures, introduces children to the art of Henri Matisse. The pictures draw readers into the world that Matisse created through his work. And this work should appeal greatly to young children because it is colorful, creative and simple. Concise text supplements the pictures, which carry the story. The text does successfully convey several points about the painter to readers. Children are likely to have questions after hearing the story and viewing the pictures. This should stimulate further interest in the subject. A partial list of museums that house Matisse's paintings, drawings, paper cutouts, and sculptures is included at the beginning of the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802851840
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 35
  • Sales rank: 500,465
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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