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My name is Georgia : a portrait
Winter, Jeanette.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace, [1998]

Physical Description:
48 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Presents, in brief text and illustrations, the life of the painter who drew much of her inspiration from nature.
Reading Level:
AD 580 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 29516.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 20092 Guided reading level: L.
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ND237.O5 W56 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
ND237.O5 W56 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Biography
ND237.O5 W56 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
ND237.O5 W56 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
ND237.O5 W56 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
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From the time she was just a young girl, Georgia O'Keeffe viewed the world in her own way. While other girls played with toys and braided their hair, Georgia practiced her drawing and let her hair fly free. As an adult, Georgia followed her love of art from the steel canyons of New York City to the vast plains of New Mexico. There she painted all day, and slept beneath the stars at night. Throughout her life Georgia O'Keeffe followed her dreams--and so found her way to become a great American artist.

Author Notes

Jeanette Winter has written and/or illustrated over a dozen children's books, including "Calavera Abecedario" and "The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq," as well as biographies of Diego Rivera, Johann Sebastian Bach and Georgia O'Keeffe among others.

Winter is celebrated for her distinctive painting style, picture design, and usage of brilliant colors. She has received the American Illustrators Guild Award twice.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. Subtitled "A Portrait," this picture book for older children portrays Georgia O'Keeffe through words as clear, spare, and rhythmic as the painter's compositions. Only the bare bones of her story emerge, but they provide a solid framework for children who want to know more about the artist. Winter tells the story from O'Keeffe's point of view, a potentially risky move that succeeds, bringing immediacy and personality to the narrative. Beginning with the artist's childhood, the text shows that O'Keeffe was an unconventional person who wanted to make something beautiful and was satisfied to be alone while doing so. The story follows her from her birthplace in Wisconsin, to school in Chicago and New York, to the Texas plains, back to New York, and finally to the desert in New Mexico. Throughout, the focus is on her vision and her paintings. Each page includes a line or two of text and an illustration. The wide, white borders intensify the deep muted colors of the pictures, which often break out into the surrounding white space. A quiet, yet intense look at Georgia O'Keeffe's life and work. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Winter (illustrator of Diego) takes command of the picture book format to distill the essence of artist Georgia O'Keeffe. In prose as vivid as an O'Keeffe painting, Winter traces the life of this extraordinary woman who dedicated herself from childhood to her craft. The author captures readers' attention from the start by showing the creative seeds planted early on, as young Georgia rides by horse and cart from her Wisconsin farm to town every Saturday "to copy pictures from the stack in the art teachers' cupboard." Winter's poetic text carries readers effortlessly through the painter's years at art school in Chicago and New York ("I walked down in the canyons of steel") to her final home in New Mexico, where her subjects were the bleached bones, vast sky and red desert hills. Winter's compelling portrait depicts an artist whose laser-like focus allowed her to share her unique vision of something as expansive as the sky or as particular as a flower ("I painted it BIG, so people would notice"). Enhanced with selected quotes from O'Keeffe herself, this outstanding biography is easily one of Winter's best efforts to date. Visually, she pays homage to the artist with enough details to suggest the famous flower, skull and sky paintings, but wisely adheres to her own signature style to convey O'Keeffe and her environs. Winter's strength of line and saturated colors are a luscious blend of folk art simplicity and her singular paletteÄskyscrapers of purple and plum; black clouds against a baby blue moon; desert hills of salmon pink outlined against lavender skies. A superb and inspiring introduction for children to an exceptional American artist. Ages 6-10. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This admirable book gives readers a peek at the beginnings and inspirations of an artist. Rather than spouting off facts about O'Keeffe's personal life, it explores the motivations, growth, and drive that powered one of this century's most famous painters. The overall look and tone of the book are similar to Jonah Winter's Diego (Knopf, 1994), also illustrated by Jeanette Winter. Baby Georgia is shown lying in a flattened circle of prairie grass with a wider circle of clouds around her. That bull's-eye focus on O'Keeffe never shifts-hardly any other people are mentioned or pictured. The bold and almost primitive paintings seem like windows into her perceptions. Also wonderful is the way that the woman gradually ages in the illustrations. The wording is spare and simple, but uses metaphor and imagery effectively. The first-person narrative paints a portrait, and italicized quotations are smoothly woven into the text. This book has a wonderful direct voice that is lacking in the more standard fare. Combine it with more biographical titles, photos, and reproductions of the artist's paintings for a lively, personal overview of a fascinating life.-Torrie Hodgson, Burlington Public Library, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.