This evocative portrait of the artists that made Paris tick in the early 20th century is a perfect introduction to the world of contemporary art and literature . . . and to Paris!
On any day of the week, if you cross Paris’s Luxembourg Gardens, you will come to a cobbled street called rue de Fleurus. Follow it to number 27, and you will arrive at Gertrude Stein’s home. Inside, she and her friend Alice B. Toklas are getting ready for their soiree with Pablo Picasso, Max Jacob, and some other friends. While they are tidying, Pablo is at his easel, working on a painting. His brilliant black eyes never leave the canvas. And what is Max doing? Well, he is completely absorbed in a poem he is writing.
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||8.98(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.39(d)|
|Lexile:||AD840L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Joan Yolleck reviews children’s books for The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. This is her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Marjorie Priceman is a two-time recipient of a Caldecott Honor award—for Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! and Hot Air. She is also the author-illustrator of How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A., as well as How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. A
graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The flap copy on this gorgeous book explains that the author has "long been intrigued by the idea of telling children a story about Gertrude Stein and her friends in Paris on the day of a soiree." Okaaaay. Kind of a quirky thing to be intrigued by but let's look inside where we find a vividly illustrated (I love Priceman's work. Period.), sprightly written (fictional) account of one day in the life of Stein, her lifelong companion, Alice B. Toklas, Pablo Picasso, Guillaume Apollinaire and other artists at work and play in early 20th Century Paris. I guess this could work as an introduction to these leading lights of art and literature (or to Paris itself) but as a story it does not succeed. It's a delightful roundup of quotidian details about people most children won't know with no foothold in the text with which a child could gain purchase. Occasional French phrases will make this fun to read aloud but for a French-inflected storytime, I'm afraid I would stick with Madeline or Barbara McClintock's fabulous Adele and Simon.