Talking With Tebe: Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist

Talking With Tebe: Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist

by Mary E. Lyons

Hardcover(Library Binding)


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ISBN-13: 9780395720318
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

The author of fifteen books for young readers, Mary Lyons lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Paul. Her grandfather was born in Ireland in 1869, in a place much like Knockabeg.

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Talking With Tebe: Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
fonsecaelib530A on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
Hunter, C., & Lyons, M. E. (1998). Talking with Tebé: Clementine Hunter, memory artist. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.Grades 4 through 6Clementine Hunter, or Tebé as her family called her, lived a long life marked by poverty and hard work. In her paintings, however, Hunter portrayed her tough existence in bright, beautiful colors that did not seek to hide her plight but instead to acknowledge and honor it. Hunter lived her whole life in Louisiana and worked at the Melrose plantation for over 70 years. She picked cotton and pecans, married twice, and gave birth to seven children¿two stillborn. She started painting after being given old tubes of paint to throw away. Instead, she kept them; she took them to her cabin and painted her first picture on a shoebox top. She was a prolific artist¿a title she never embraced¿and painted until she died at the age of 101.Talking with Tebé is an autobiography that Clementine Hunter never intended to write. Mary E. Lyons compiled magazine and newspaper articles and many interviews with Hunter to create a biography told in Hunter¿s own words. Lyons organizes Hunter¿s accounts into chronological and thematic order to create short chapters illustrated by pictures and the artist¿s own art. By keeping Hunter¿s Creole accent and remaining faithful to her language, infused with the grammar characteristic of West African languages, Lyons allows Hunter¿s self to come through to the audience. What readers hear as they read Hunter¿s patchwork of words is a powerful story about family, pride, tenacity, and art from a woman whose main purpose in life was to live with dignity. Lyons does an exceptional job in reconstruction Hunter¿s life from articles and interviews, creating an authentic and accurate picture of her subject. Talking with Tebé: Clementine Hunter, memory artist is a great addition to any classroom and school library. Children will see in Hunter someone whose indomitable spirit carried her through a tough but fulfilling life. The biography lends itself well to discussions about the origin and value of art, language, social inequality, and the power of one person¿s spirit.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
Clementine Hunter should be an inspiration to young readers. She found something that she was passionate about, and was lucky enough to become famous from it. One thing that is evident from her writing, though, is that she painted because it helped her work through situations in her life. She did not paint for the fame or money.I would include this in any unit on Louisiana artists, folk art, women's history, and African American history. Hunter's art is a treasure, but her passion is what really shines through in this book.
theCajunLibrarian on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
In Clementine Hunter's own words, readers learn about the hardships the self-taught artist underwent as a slave at Melrose Plantation as well as the art she created to overcome them.
kthomp25 on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
Colorful pictures and information from the artist herself about the paintings. It's the type of book that makes one want to learn more about the artist and her life.