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Author Biography: Kathryn Lasky is the author of many award-winning books, both fiction and nonfiction. Fascinated by what the first artistic impulses of our earliest ancestors might have been, and inspired by the beauty and power of cave art, she wrote First Painter, an imaginative reconstruction based on archaeological evidence. Ms. Lasky's many honors and awards include the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction and the John Burroughs Award for outstanding nature books for children. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rocco Baviera has illustrated several picture books, including A Boy Called Slow by Joseph Bruchac, which was an ALA Notable Book and won the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Children's Book Award. In illustrating First Painter, he used organic materials that would have been used in prehistoric times-natural pigments, bear fat, animal skins, furs, bones, twigs, stone. He made the clothes Mishoo wears out of skins and fur; he made her tools, her spirit bundle that she uses to carry her pigments; he shaped her paint-mixing bowl out of bone.
While inspired by the cave paintings in Europe, he chose not to copy them for this book, but to create new paintings to decorate a cave that is uncovered here for the first time. Rocco Baviera lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Following the death of her mother, Mishoo the new shaman, must find a way to help her preshistoric tribe during a drought.