GEORGIA RISES by Kathryn Lasky

GEORGIA RISES

A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keeffe
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Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Cast in the spirit of her evocative picture-book text for First Painter (illustrated by Rocco Baviera, 2000), veteran novelist and nonfiction writer Lasky offers an apt, poetic tribute to an American classic. Set in O’Keeffe’s legendary retreat, Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiú, N.M., this brief introduction presents a representative day in the later life of the 20th-century painter. Meditative, atmospheric and quietly affecting paintings by the Hans Christian Andersen Award–nominated Israeli painter Eitan consistently evoke O’Keeffe’s singular, curvilinear style and desert-inflected palette. Both author and illustrator employ a light yet meaning-rich touch; the text is spare, the accompanying images (some almost like playful spot art) evoke this unique American landscape and the intense inner life and rooted sensibility of this astounding artist. The book’s quotidian approach is a clear choice—the author wants readers to know this woman through the simple accretion of daily details rather than through an ambitious, fact-driven narrative. Wonderfully understated, this is, on balance, a handsome and appealing complement to Jeanette Winter’s more fact-based My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait (1998) or Rachel Rodriguez and Julie Paschkis’s more inclusive Through Georgia’s Eyes (2006). Includes a brief two-page biographical note with a reproduction of Rust Red Hills, ca. 1930. (author’s note, selected bibliography, sources) (Picture book. 7-10)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-374-32529-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Melanie Kroupa/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2009




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