Step back in time to seventeenth-century Paris with Thérèse, a talented young girl who lives and works at the Gobelins Manufactory, where Europe’s greatest artisans make tapestries and luxury objects for King Louis XIV. Even though girls are not trained on the great looms there, Thérèse practices on a small one at home and dreams of becoming a royal weaver someday. This charming story follows Thérèse as she carries out an ambitious plan with the help of family, friends, and the artisans of the Gobelins. The intricate craft of tapestry weaving is illuminated, and surprises await Thérèse, her parents and brothers, and even the king himself. Children’s book author Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs here breathes vivid life into a delightful tale full of fun twists and an appealing cast of characters. Original paintings by award-winning artist Renée Graef playfully illustrate the book, as well as the many steps involved in the creation of the famous Gobelins tapestries, from dyeing wool and making silver thread, to painting and copying the elaborate designs, to the delicate art of weaving. Thérèse’s fictional adventures are inspired by real people, the actual Gobelins Manufactory, and a beautiful tapestry that hangs today in the J. Paul Getty Museum.
About the Author
Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs loves exploring new places, including France, where she once studied. She lives in Bangor, Maine. Renée Graef has illustrated over seventy books for children, including the Kirsten series in the American Girl collection and many of the My First Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Milwaukee.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Therese dreams of making tapestries at the Gobelins Manufactory, but girls are not trained as weavers. She gets her chance when she decides to make a tapestry of a painting gifted to her by her father. The beautifully written text and gorgeous illustrations will engage readers of all ages. The back matter provides more information on King Louis XIV and the Gobelins Manufactory.
Therese lives with a family of artists in 17th century France. Her brother are tapestry weavers and painters. Her father is a painter for King Louis the XVI. Her father gives her a painting as gift and she loves it so much she wants to give him something just as meaningful. She decides she wants to create a tapestry of the painting to give him. This is unusual because girls do not make tapestries only the men do. Her mother encourages her to make it as her brothers scoff her. The illustrations are beautiful and capture the beauty of the time. I love the fact that Therese is doing something that girls or women do not normally do and does better than others expected. So well that even the King is in awe. This is usually where I list what I did not like about the book. To be honest there is nothing I can think of in general but I do not feel the that the book is 5 stars for me. I mean the art is lovely, the writing is okay and together you feel like you are learning from both. I feel this is for children a little older than a 2 or 3 year old. While it is a interesting story I am not sure some toddlers are going to follow the story and stay interested. Again the writing and illustration together really did fit well. If only all picture books could find perfect partnerships of writer and artist.