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Wings of an Artist: Children's Book Illustrators Talk about Their Art
     

Wings of an Artist: Children's Book Illustrators Talk about Their Art

by Julie Cummins
 

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More than 20 illustrators of children's books, including Leo and Diane Dillon, James Ransome, Robert Sabuda, Maira Kalman, and Maurice Sendak, talk about what drove them to become artists and what art means to them. of color illustrations.

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More than 20 illustrators of children's books, including Leo and Diane Dillon, James Ransome, Robert Sabuda, Maira Kalman, and Maurice Sendak, talk about what drove them to become artists and what art means to them. of color illustrations.

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Children's Literature
The introduction by Julie Cummins sums up the purpose of the book quite well: "Picture books offer an interesting and enjoyable experience that can build art appreciation, visual literacy, and self-esteem in a child." The artists who have contributed to this volume have provided examples of their art and the range is broad. There is an example of just about any style and many have also contributed their thoughts about the creation of picture books and the importance of art in their lives. For many, art was always something they wanted to do. David Catrow, Richard Egielski, William Joyce, Michael McCurdy and Susan Meddaugh are a few in that category. Others had to persevere like Woodleigh Marx Hubbard, who was even told at one time to give it up, but he pressed on because art was what was important to him. Some offer humor, such as Robert Subuda, Maria Kaman and Diane Greenseid, while other pay homage to those who have gone before (James Ransome with his portrait of Jerry Pinkney). For kids who enjoy picture books and for serious students of the genre, it really makes no difference, this book is a true delight. The activities at the end are designed for kids—they challenge kids to look closely at each picture and think about what they represent and then try their hand at creating some art of their own. The cover notes "All proceeds benefit the Association for Library Service to Children, American Library Association." 1999, Abrams,
— Marilyn Courtot
Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-Aspiring artists, young and old, will be drawn to this collection of text and illustrations by 20 well-known picture-book illustrators. A single oversized page is given to each artist (e.g., Susan Jeffers, Maira Kalman, James Ransome, David Small), or in a few cases, an artistic duo (e.g., Leo & Diane Dillon, Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher, Jean & Mou-Sien Tseng), in which to express his/her feelings about art, inspiration, books, and life through a combination of pictures and words. One of the most compelling aspects of the book is how these creators approached the same task with very different results. Some chose a selection from their published body of work while others appear to have created illustrations specifically for this publication. The stylistic differences will serve as a launching pad for discussion, and readers may be prompted to seek out titles by illustrators with whom they are less familiar. While this title may not have mass appeal, it will serve as a useful art-education tool and as a stepping stone to discussions of fine art. An introduction and an idea-rich activity guide are also included. Broader and less detailed in scope than Leonard Marcus's A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists Share Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal (Walker, 1998), this volume is a charming addition to the body of literature about the world of picture books.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810945524
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.87(w) x 13.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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