GEORGIA IN HAWAII by Amy Novesky

GEORGIA IN HAWAII

When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

An appealing and slightly humorous portrayal of O’Keeffe’s artistic vision and determination, along with a peek at the Hawaii of over half a century ago.

During her several-weeks sojourn in the Hawaii Territory in 1939, Georgia O’Keeffe painted some of her most lovely work. Though it was the Hawaiian (later Dole) Pineapple Company that underwrote her trip in exchange for a painting of a pineapple, O’Keeffe refused to paint the picked fruit the company offered. She did not actually paint a pineapple until she returned to New York, and readers may be able to find her pineapple painting hiding in the pages. But, as Novesky tells here, O’Keeffe discovered flowers, landscapes and Hawaiian feathered fishhooks that captured her artist’s eye. Morales’ luscious full-page illustrations—digitally assembled edge-to-edge acrylic paintings—seem to glow softly in scenes filled with rich colors and that create an intimate relationship between the figure of Georgia and her surroundings. Labeled illustrations of nine different Hawaiian blossoms cover the endpapers. In one striking spread, a canvas close-up shows Georgia’s just-painted waterfall, with a feathered lure and a shell hanging from the corners, while just beyond Georgia, a striking black lava formation reaches into the ocean. Morales captures Georgia’s intelligent and occasionally formidable look; she also captures what O’Keeffe saw, gracefully echoing, not reproducing, O’Keeffe’s work.

Accessible, unfussy and visually charming. (author’s and illustrator’s notes; sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-15-205420-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2011




BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF 2012:

ChildrenTHE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate
by Katherine Applegate
ChildrenEXTRA YARN by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett
ChildrenGEORGIA IN HAWAII by Amy Novesky
by Amy Novesky
ChildrenTHE VENGEKEEP PROPHECIES by Brian Farrey
by Brian Farrey
ChildrenEAST DRAGON, WEST DRAGON by Robyn Eversole
by Robyn Eversole

MORE BY AMY NOVESKY

ChildrenMISTER AND LADY DAY by Amy Novesky
by Amy Novesky
ChildrenME, FRIDA by Amy Novesky
by Amy Novesky

MORE BY YUYI MORALES

ChildrenNIÑO WRESTLES THE WORLD by Yuyi Morales
by Yuyi Morales
ChildrenLADDER TO THE MOON by Maya Soetoro-Ng
by Maya Soetoro-Ng

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenMY NAME IS GEORGIA by Jeanette Winter
by Jeanette Winter
ChildrenLULU IN HONOLULU by Elisabeth Wolf
by Elisabeth Wolf
ChildrenTHROUGH GEORGIA’S EYES by Rachel Rodríguez
by Rachel Rodríguez