Books by Bijou Le Tord

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"An excellent introduction to Francis and to his ancient and beloved canticle, for older children. (note to the reader, medieval sources, bibliography) (Biography. 8-12)"
Beginning with several pages of biography, the writer and illustrator then move to stanzas of "Canticle of Brother Sun" interspersed with stories from the life of St. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This perceptive personal tribute will enhance readers' appreciation for Matisse's work; they won't mind going elsewhere for biographical details, and reproductions of his actual paintings, sculpture, and collages. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Less a story than an analysis of Matisse's art, particularly after his move to Nice, this companion to A Blue Butterfly (1995), on Monet, also combines visual recasting of selected works with poetic commentary: "To his color palette he added the bluest sapphire blue he could imagine. Read full book review >
A BLUE BUTTERFLY by Bijou Le Tord
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Le Tord's volume will be useful to young readers mainly as adjunct to viewing Monet's work in a book or museum; only then will readers appreciate Le Tord and Monet's painting challenge. (Picture book. 8+)"
Le Tord (Peace on Earth, 1992, etc.) tries to recreate the mood of the French painter's work and is only partially successfulher pastels capture the airy impressionism of Monet's flowers and water gardens but cannot so skillfully abstract objects into color and light using a minimum number of brush strokes. Read full book review >
PEACE ON EARTH by Bijou Le Tord
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A thoughtful, beautifully produced collection. (Nonfiction. 2+)"
More than 50 brief prayers from many sources and cultures, both traditional material and poems by individuals. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SHEPHERD by Bijou Le Tord
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Delicate, carefully designed watercolors reflect the sweet, quiet tone. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
In The Deep Blue Sea (1990), Le Tord accompanied a poetic retelling of the Creation in Genesis with lovely, understated illustrations; here, in a similar style, a beloved psalm is paraphrased in simple language that gently prompts a fresh look at its meaning (``even if I walk in the night I will not be afraid or be hurt because, Lord, You are with me and I feel reassured''). Read full book review >