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My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter

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From the time she was just a young girl, Georgia O'Keeffe viewed the world in her own way. While other girls played with toys and braided their hair, Georgia practiced her drawing and let her hair fly free. As an adult, Georgia followed her love of art from the steel canyons of New York City to the vast plains of New Mexico. There she painted all day, and slept beneath the stars at night. Throughout her life Georgia O'Keeffe followed her ...
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From the time she was just a young girl, Georgia O'Keeffe viewed the world in her own way. While other girls played with toys and braided their hair, Georgia practiced her drawing and let her hair fly free. As an adult, Georgia followed her love of art from the steel canyons of New York City to the vast plains of New Mexico. There she painted all day, and slept beneath the stars at night. Throughout her life Georgia O'Keeffe followed her dreams--and so found her way to become a great American artist.

Presents, in brief text and illustrations, the life of the painter who drew much of her inspiration from nature.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Prose as vivid as an O'Keeffe painting . . . A superb and inspiring introduction for children to an exceptional American artist."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Wonderful . . . A lively personal overview of a fascinating life."--School Library Journal (starred review)

"As clear, spare, and rhythmic as the painter's compositions . . . A quiet, yet intense look at Georgia O'Keeffe's life and work."--Booklist (starred review)

Martha Davis Beck
In vivid paintings accompanied by spare, poetic text, Jeanette Winter has created a sensitive portrait of an important American artist.
— Riverbank Review
Children's Literature - Linda Uhlenkott
From city canyons to desert hills, Georgia O'Keefe painted the faraway clouds and the nearby flowers, all from the perspective of one who knows nature intimately. My Name Is Georgia tells the story of the birth and growth of an artist. Throughout the text, Winter shows her audience how an artist looks at nature, how she learns her craft, and how she gathers her ideas, demonstrating these with the example of O'Keefe's life. Georgia explains that she paints the flowers big (so everyone can really see them), and why she lived in the desert of New Mexico (to be in the distance by herself). This book is a wonderful example of biography for younger children; it also showcases a woman as a strong character. Winter has illustrated the book with her own drawings; in them, the reader sees Georgia O'Keefe, the artist who knows that she is different from everyone in her family and who follows her art wherever it leads her.
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A biography only in the broadest, sparest sense, this modest volume instead traces the contours of O'Keeffe's creative landscape: "I painted a camellia. I painted it BIG, so people would notice. I painted a jack-in-the-pulpit. I painted it BIG, so people would see." The book does give a birth date, follows the artist's journey from home to school in Chicago, to New York, to Texas, and back to New York where an unnamed Alfred Stieglitz makes a cameo appearance, and finally to New Mexico. Just as Winter's text fluently weaves in quotes from the artist's own writings, the small, square illustrations, identically sized throughout the book, their borders broken by clouds and birds and bones, evoke famous O'Keeffe motifs and images, with Winter's sensuous colors echoing those of her subject's. A final full-bleed double-spread breaks through the confines of the book design, and appropriately enough: it shows the now-old artist walking down from her beloved Pedernal mountain, while her monumental Sky Above Clouds floats above the setting sun into the rising stars.
Kirkus Reviews
A picture-book evocation both fierce and tender of one of America's greatest painters. Winter uses a first-person narration to tell Georgia O'Keeffe's story, sometimes with quotations from O'Keeffe's own writings, but always capturing the sound of her voice: "God told me if I painted that mountain enough, he'd give it to me." O'Keeffe knew what she wanted from a very young age; readers and listeners follow her journey from Wisconsin, where she was born, to art school in Chicago, to Texas, then to New York, and on to New Mexico. In the illustrations, O'Keeffe grows from a very young girl to a very old woman; evoked (not copied) in these pages are many of the motifs found in her paintings—-red hills, blue sky, huge flowers, graceful bones. A powerful message, precisely told, as fine as Michael Bedard's Emily (1992) or Barbara Cooney's Eleanor (1996). (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 4-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152045975
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/10/2003
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 218,850
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated several books for children, including Diego, written by her son Jonah and honored as a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Ms. Winter divides her time between New York City and Texas.
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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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