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The Year with Grandma Moses

The Year with Grandma Moses

by W. Nikola-Lisa, Grandma Moses
     
 

A unique introduction to an important American Artist.

When Grandma Moses looks out her window,

she sees a world of spotted cows,

a world of thunderstorms, rain-drenched fields,

and hand-washed laundry flapping in the wind.

This stunning picture book introduces children of all ages to the work of legendary artist Grandma Moses.

Overview

A unique introduction to an important American Artist.

When Grandma Moses looks out her window,

she sees a world of spotted cows,

a world of thunderstorms, rain-drenched fields,

and hand-washed laundry flapping in the wind.

This stunning picture book introduces children of all ages to the work of legendary artist Grandma Moses. Beginning in the spring — full of thunderstorms and scenes of laundry flapping in the wind — Nikola-Lisa's lyrical text captures the seasons on a farm and highlights the simple yet wonderful moments depicted in Grandma Moses's folk art paintings. The experience is made all the more intimate by Grandma Moses's journal excerpts, which give readers a first-hand look at what inspired the artist.

With its paintings and descriptions of hay rides in the fall, ice-skating in winter, and flower-gathering in the spring and summer, The Year with Grandma Moses celebrates an important American artist and shares her special world with others.

When Grandma Moses (born Anna Mary Robertson) was in her seventies, her paintings were discovered by a New York art collector. By her 100th birthday, Grandma Moses had become one of the most well-known and beloved artists of her time. She died in 1961 at the age of 101.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Grandma Moses's own words, excerpted from her memoirs, and reproductions of her evocative primitive paintings provide a solid foundation for this appealing volume. The excerpts appear on the left of each spread on an oval, darkened to appear like parchment, opposite a related painting on the right. Less strong is the book's third component, which appears on the right below each painting: Nikola-Lisa's (One Hole in the Road) simplistic and uneven interpretation of the artist's environment and lifestyle, which reads as a run-on commentary more or less thematically tied to each piece of art. He starts out describing Moses's world objectively ("When Grandma Moses looks out her window, she sees a world of spotted cows, and rolling hills, and white picket fences"), then abruptly gives the narrator a role in the goings-on ("With Christmas around the corner,/ we'll have lots of fun outdoors,/ and indoors, too--/ opening presents, playing games,/ and feasting on food/ we've helped prepare"). Yet his captionlike account succeeds in creating a through-line for the paintings, which youngsters may appreciate. Aimed at considerably more advanced readers, Moses's own writing effortlessly brings children back to the era of her childhood as she describes the diversions of each season. Ages 4-10. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 5-Scenes of laundry flapping, trees in bloom, maple sugaring, families in fields, a Christmas parlor-this is the worldview of folk-artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses. In the author's note, Nikola-Lisa writes that he was struck by the cyclical nature of her visual record and has arranged this picture book seasonally, starting with spring. Each double-page spread includes a full-color painting on the right, accompanied by the author's brief commentary. Related excerpts from Moses's memoirs are printed in sepia ovals on a cream background on the left. Her words inform older readers about the routines, pleasures, and disappointments of her childhood farm life while the author's text offers a starting point for looking at the pictures with young children. The paintings convey a quiet joy, an ever-changing light, and the beauty of nature (the artist's own brand of pointillism is quite effective at depicting snow, sheer curtains, and tiny buds). An opening color photograph of Moses at her painting table speaks volumes. Nikola-Lisa's careful selections and spare approach effectively convey the spirit of this self-taught, spirited woman. For more information, readers may consult Zibby Oneal's Grandma Moses (Puffin, 1987). It would be interesting to pair The Year with Grandma Moses with Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius (Viking, 1982).-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Over 60 years ago, an amateur art collector, Louis Caldor, saw some paintings displayed in the window of a drugstore in upstate New York. Caldor introduced an art dealer, Otto Kallir, of Galerie St. Etienne to the work of this unschooled folk artist and primitive painter, Anna Mary Robertson Moses. "Grandma" Moses, as she was soon known, was then almost 80. A 1940 New York gallery show, "What A Farm Wife Painted," created a sensation. "By her hundredth birthday on September 7, 1960 . . . [she] had become not only one of the most well-known and beloved artists of her time, but a true American icon." Nikola-Lisa really presents two books in one. He sets the scene by placing a charming Kodachrome (featuring the spry, calico-clad Moses at work at her painting table) facing his brief one-page biography. Once the page is turned, The Year with Grandma Moses can then be read as a simple picture-book celebration of 19th- through early—20th-century rural and small-town life. Each right-hand page features a reproduction of one of Moses's extraordinarily detailed and sweetly imagined oil-on-board paintings, captioned by a simple, yet evocative, narrative. Each stencil-decorated facing page features well-matched passages from Moses's own 1952 memoir, My Life's History. These excerpts demonstrate that Moses's powers of observation and creativity were not limited to the visual arts and add those needed, telling, details that provide a rich context for readers. Unfortunately, the memoir text is italicized and displayed on shaded ovals that darken at center. Though old-fashioned and elegant in design, the readability is sometimes compromised. Despite those occasional challenges, the book isanaccessible and beguiling introduction to this true American original. Moses was, after all, the first late-20th—century self-taught "outsider" artist to both win huge popular acceptance and capture an entire nation's imagination. (illustration credits, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. All ages) O'Brien, Patrick THE HINDENBURG Illus. by the author Henry Holt (40 pp.) Oct. 2000

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805062434
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.49(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
AD920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

W. Nikola-Lisa, a professor of education at National-Louis University in Illinois, is the author of numerous picture books, including One Hole in the Road. He lives with his family in Chicago, Illinois.

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