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A PICTURE FOR MARC by Eric A. Kimmel


by Eric A. Kimmel & illustrated by Matthew Trueman

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-375-83253-6
Publisher: Random House

For a young Jewish boy growing up in Tsarist Russia, wanting to become an artist is not likely to meet with enthusiastic parental support. In this case, the boy is the young Marc Chagall, an aspiring artist with a gift for seeing beauty in the ordinary. He observes, “We all need art to show us what is truly beautiful and important in the world . . . We need art to show us how to live, how to be alive in the world.” Marc’s parents obviously relent and allow their son to study art, and the rest is history. For this fictionalized account, Kimmel takes only the bare bones of Chagall’s story—the Russian village, the influential art teacher, the worried parents—to get across what is truly important: to follow your dream. Simple black-and-white drawings have a childlike quality as if done by the young Chagall. (author’s note, bibliography) (Fiction. 6-10)