Harper’s love of painting and drawing led him from the hills of West Virginia to the bombed-out villages of Europe, to the streets of New York City, and to the halls of the Art Academy of Cincinnati. How did the farm boy who didn’t know a single artist become one of America’s most recognized midcentury modern painters? The answer is simple. He did it by counting the wings.
Count the Wings is the first book for middle-grade readers about Harper’s life and work. Author Michelle Houts worked closely with the Harper estate to include full-color illustrations, plentiful supplemental materials, and discussion questions that will intrigue and engage young readers. Count the Wings is part of our acclaimed Biographies for Young Readers series, which brings smart, expertly researched books about often overlooked but exceptional individuals to school-age readers.
About the Author
Table of Contents
Author's Note vii
1 A Mural Mystery 1
2 An Artist Is Born 5
3 The Artist Becomes a Soldier 18
4 The Soldier Goes to War 28
5 A Country Boy in the Big City 42
6 Finding That Charley Harper Style 50
7 Wild about Charley 63
8 Finishing Well 81
9 A Mystery Unveiled 90
Charley's Timeline 99