The Sleeping Gypsy

The Sleeping Gypsy

by Mordicai Gerstein


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The characters in Henri Rousseau's The Sleeping Gypsy inspired Mordicai Gerstein to create an elegant, beautifully illustrated story about them.

A girl, alone in the desert, lies on the sand and sleeps. But she is not alone for long. A lizard, a rabbit, a turtle and other animals come to scrutinize her, and a lion leaps into the scene and claims her for his own.

A silhouette approaches from the distance. He introduces himself as Henri Rousseau, the dreamer of this dream, who plans to paint a picture of it. The animals pose for the artist but criticize his work with comments like "You've made my nose too big." So the artist removes complainers one by one from the painting, until only the girl and the lion remain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823421428
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 09/12/2016
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of You Can't Have Too Many Friends!, The White Ram, A Book and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal. He is also a painter, sculptor, designer and director of animated films.


Northhampton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1935

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


Chouinard Institute of Art

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