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Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude

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by Jonah Winter, Calef Brown
     
 

Gertrude
is Gertrude
is Gertrude
is Gertrude.

And Alice is Alice.

And Gertrude and Alice are Gertrude and Alice.

And you are welcome to join them for tea. But beware, for there you will find a bear in a chair, just barely scary. And here is a beard with a man attached to it. And then, of course, some words might appear,

Overview

Gertrude
is Gertrude
is Gertrude
is Gertrude.

And Alice is Alice.

And Gertrude and Alice are Gertrude and Alice.

And you are welcome to join them for tea. But beware, for there you will find a bear in a chair, just barely scary. And here is a beard with a man attached to it. And then, of course, some words might appear, uninvited , but delighted in spite of their lightbulbs. But, but, but, but - that doesn't make any sense! Yes!

In a story inspired by the oh-so-modern groundbreaking writing of Gertrude herself, not a lot makes sense. Even so, the oh-so-popular author Jonah Winter, and the ever-so-popular illustrator Calef Brown, and the most popular poodle of all time, Basket, invite you to enter the whimsical world of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude puts the fun front and center, both in the lives of the artists it describes, and in its emulation of its titular writer's style." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"'Thank you for this cow' the story ends but it is really just beginning because readers will want to go back to the words and the colors and the tea and Alice and Gertrude and having bright, sparkling fun with words and colors and tea." — Kirkus Reviews

"Taking his title from Gertrude Stein's famous saying about a rose, Winter (Frida) crafts a Steinesque 'word portrait' of the modernist author." — Publisher's Weekly

Publishers Weekly

Taking his title from Gertrude Stein's famous saying about a rose, Winter (Frida) crafts a Steinesque "word portrait" of the modernist author. Stein wears a serene smile in Brown's (Soup for Breakfast) patchy acrylic images, and by her side is an enigmatic Alice B. Toklas: "And Gertrude and Alice are Gertrude and Alice. Well it's like this. You walk up the stairs, and there they are." Readers reassured by closure will not find it here. Winter's nonlinear prose echoes The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, and his fugues suit a poet fond of repetition (and babble). Brown's idiosyncratic visuals and complementary palette-likewise not customary biographical fare-befit this impresario of experimental artists and writers on the Rive Gauche. At Stein and Toklas's famous salons, "Everybody talks. Talk talk talk talk. Laugh laugh. More talk. Laugh. Okay. Enough." Brown aptly pictures Stein's close friend Picasso surrounded by minotaur-themed cubism imagery, and Matisse framed by leafy shapes. Although purists can quibble that Matisse's cutouts came later and Hemingway lacked his white beard when he and Stein were rivals, this salute mimes Stein's mischievous voice and cultivates its own literary audience. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Winter gives us just a glimpse of the life and personality of Gertrude Stein and of her companion Alice B. Toklas. To their home in Paris come artists and writers, to talk and to laugh. Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway are among them. Gertrude and Alice visit museums and collect art. Gertrude write; Alice transcribes. We are invited to one of their famous parties and then asked to leave. Throughout the succinct text Winter uses repetition, rhyme, and nonsense as an apt introduction to Stein's distinctive style. The visual story is spread across double pages, mixing lines of type of varying sizes and boldness with acrylic illustrations of the assorted characters. Props such as furniture, art works, tea service, and an odd collection of clothing add flavor to the tale as well as to the depiction of Gertrude and Alice. Different colored backgrounds are emotion-provoking contexts for this unusually visualized biography, a fine introduction to Stein and her place in literary and art history. There are brief factual notes included. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up

Winter has cleverly constructed the briefest of introductions to the adult life of Gertrude Stein and the salon era during which she wrote. Using mimicry, he demonstrates the repetitive, rambling, nonsensical style that made the eccentric writer famous: "A sentence can be whatever, if you're Gertrude. You don't have to make sense (if you're Gertrude). You can write 'rose is a rose is a rose is a rose' if you're Gertrude." He describes her relationship with Alice B. Toklas: "Gertrude does the talking and laughing. And Alice makes sure that Gertrude is happy." Words and illustrations simulate the salons of the early 20th century where artists, writers, thinkers-Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway are featured here-gathered to discuss the arts and culture of the day. The text is written in a variety of font sizes. Bright acrylic illustrations, set against backgrounds of orange, turquoise, rose, yellow, and ochre, meld perfectly with the text. Brown's avant-garde folk-style paintings include people with caricature faces and representations of "modern" paintings ("All art is modern when it's being made"). A short author's note offers a bit of information about Stein. Alas, due to its sophisticated topic, this creative, artistic piece will appeal to a limited audience.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

Kirkus Reviews
Gertrude is Gertrude and a rose is a rose and Jonah and Calef are writer and artist. If Gertrude were alive then Gertrude would love this. Children, too? They probably will because the colors are colors and rich in their colors and surprising, too, whoever saw a blue man drinking tea? And artists and writers that children have heard of like Picasso and Matisse and Hemingway come to have tea with Gertrude and Alice whose job is to keep Gertrude happy. And the words are dancing and singing and having tea and being the words they want to be and so are the pictures and there is a cow. "Thank you for this cow" the story ends but it is really just beginning because readers will want to go back to the words and the colors and the tea and Alice and Gertrude and having bright, sparkling fun with words and colors and tea. (Picture book. 4-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416940883
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
02/10/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jonah Winter is the author of more than thirty celebrated nonfiction picture books including Diego, illustrated by Jeanette Winter; Jazz Age Josephine, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez; The Founding Fathers! illustrated by Barry Blitt; and Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, illustrated by Shane W. Evans.

Calef Brown is the New York Time #1 bestselling author and illustrator of Flamingos on the Roof, Tippintown, Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, and Polkabats and Octopus Slacks. He lives in Maine.

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Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SJKessel More than 1 year ago
Winter, J. (2009). Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 141694088X Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is a biographical picturebook written in the style of, and about, Gertrude Stein. This is a book that needs a lot of background information to get completely. Also, because of it's prose style, a teacher will need to read this book aloud multiple times (or encourage rereading) to help students get the meaning. (Of course, there's nothing wrong with just sharing the book for enjoyment of the words and the way they flow either. It all depends on your goal for the day) With some beautiful lines, this book would be great to accompany sharing some of Stein's writing. The illustrations are fun and colorful and compliment the text well. They help to provide a sense of fun and play with perspective. Activities to do with the book: After sharing this book, a teacher could encourage students to write freely, whatever thoughts go through their heads. There are a number of ways a teacher could use this book with larger individual or group projects. A teacher could assign research papers or presentations based on Modernism and the artists and writers of the school (including Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Ernest Hemingway, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso), their art and the historic events. While this book could be used with a number of age groups, if a teacher chooses to share it with the upper grades, at least a few students will assume the unseen narrator is on drugs and the teacher will have to challenge students to think more deeply. Also, if any teachers out there happen to be as nerdy as me, he or she may want to try having a tea party after sharing this book by taking an hour to two to have the students go to the school library or other homey school space, dress in period clothes (maybe for extra credit) talk about literature and art of the period and maybe even read Stein's poems and others' works aloud in small groups. Favorite Quotes: "And now it's time for tea. Teatime is teatime. And look who's here, in time for tea." "Pages and pages and pages with words all over the pages. My goodness, what fun. What fun to write whatever words occur." "You see Miss Gertrude is a genius. And a genius is a genius. So what if no one understands a word she writes. Some day they might." For more of my reviews, visit sjkessel.blogspot.com.