HENRI ROUSSEAU

A JUNGLE EXPEDITION

Lush, beautiful reproductions introduce Rousseau’s art work to a young audience, but the text, combining fact and fiction, may confuse those expecting a biography. The first half of this book follows Rousseau’s life; the second half links his jungle paintings together in a narrative as if they were all inspired by one dream. Although it may be true in an abstract sense, it may not be fair to explain away Rousseau’s art with the clichÇ of a dream. Plazy’s A Weekend with Rousseau (1992) offers a more stable forage into the jungles. (Nonfiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1999

ISBN: 3-7913-1987-6

Page Count: 30

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 1998

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MARC CHAGALL

LIFE IS A DREAM

Playfully arranged multicolored text complements the artwork in this short but enticing introduction to Chagall’s work. Full- color reproductions highlight his best-known work from the start to the finish of his career. Each of the 13 illustrations is accompanied by an engaging biographical anecdote from a key event in Chagall’s life that will spark interest in him as an individual as well as an artist. The book’s creative design makes this highly appropriate for use in art-appreciation lessons at the elementary level. (Biography. 8-11)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1999

ISBN: 3-7913-1986-8

Page Count: 30

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1998

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BEN LOVES ANNA

Hartling's Old John (1990), set in a German milieu evoked with perfectly selected detail, exquisitely demonstrated that the verities of the human condition transcend their setting. Here, a disastrous decision has been made (presumably by the publisher): a gentle story about a ten-year-old schoolboy's friendship with a Polish refugee in his class is completely undermined by pretending that it takes place in America, though almost every incident and detail—e.g., the characters' names, a teacher's assignment, Ben's gift of flowers to Anna's mother on his first visit, even how jobs and housing are acquired—seems European, and is certainly not American. Set in Hartling's homeland (Austria), this would be a quiet but pleasingly warm-hearted story; as it stands, it's an exasperating travesty.~(Fiction. 8- 11)

Pub Date: April 29, 1991

ISBN: 0-87951-401-9

Page Count: 96

Publisher: Overlook

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1991

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