Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Venezia, Mike. Georgia O’Keeffe.

Venezia, Mike.  Georgia O’Keeffe.  Scholastic/Childrens Press     2015  32p  $29.00  ISBN 978-0-531-21314-8  series: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists  elem  Biography  E   

This title introduces young children to the artist Georgia O’Keeffe.  It has information about her early life and her painting career.  Every physical inch of this book is used, even the inside covers.  A map indicates five areas with eight cities where she lived or worked.  There is also a timeline of events in her life.  Several of her paintings are reproduced and mentioned in the text.  Some periods of her life are illustrated in cartoon format.  The text stresses that she was an important artist at a time when it was rare for a woman to succeed as an artist.  Additional material includes a quiz about her life and the answers.  The inside back cover includes definitions of some words and a brief index.
The highlights of this title are the painting reproductions.  Each  gives title, size and the museum where it is housed.  There are also two photographs of Georgia taken by her husband Albert Stieglitz.

This is an excellent resource for
elementary-school libraries, a brief biography and analysis of the art of Georgia O’Keeffe.  It introduces her early life and the many places she lived.  Several of her paintings are highlighted.  Grade 3-5.  The Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists series includes eight titles.  Each features one artist and his or her work.

Painting-Biography                                                --Joan Theal

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