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.
About the Author
Jonah Winter is the author of more than thirty celebrated nonfiction picture books including Diego, The Secret Project, and Oil, 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 #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Flamingos on the Roof, Tippintown, Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, and Polkabats and Octopus Slacks. He lives in Maine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a playful picture book for audiences of all ages who wish to take a glimpse of a glimpse of a glimpse into a day in the life of Gertrude Stein. Jonah Winter imitates Stein's line "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" and with poetic license produced a unique and endearing relationship between the reader and Ms. SteinIn the classroom: Author study of Gertrude Stein; author study of Jonah Winter, poetry-like prose; modern art and artists, relationships between artists and authors; language: repetition, nonsensical, imitation
Thoughts:Go ahead and call it a children¿s picture book, but I think you are wrong; the children I read this book to looked at me in bewilderment. It looks like a picture book. It reads like a picture book. But reading it to young children is like asking junior high students to read Great Expectations; it can be read, but it should be saved for those old enough to really appreciate it.I loved it. It would probably be among my top picks for best nonfiction picture book. It¿s bright and colorful. The text mimics the style of the subject, poet Gertrude Stein. It¿s funny. As Gertrude Stein might say, A picture book is a picture book is a picture book is a picture book. But sometimes it¿s not. A Sample:¿Talk talk talk talk. Laugh laugh. More talk.Laugh. Okay. Enough.And now it¿s time for tea.Teatime is teatime.And look who¿s here,in time for tea.It¿s Pablo Picasso the Spanish artist.Pablo Picasso looks so angry but no.Pablo Picasso is PabloPicasso.He just invented Modern artwhich is not the same thing as being angrybut then again maybe it is.Maybe it isand maybe it isn¿t.Then again maybe it is.It¿s so hard to inventModern art.Maybe it isandmaybe it isn¿t.Maybe.¿Children¿s Comments:Sydney, 6, said, "Never want to read. It's wacky."Vanessa, 6, said, "It's weird because they have a dog named Basket."Joey, 6, said, "The title was weird."Jony, 6, said, "The bear was in a chair!"Children¿s Ratings: 3, 1, 4, 1, 3, 4, 5, 2
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.