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Wings of an artist : children's book illustrators talk about their art.
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1999.
Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 34 cm
More than twenty illustrators of children's books, including James Ransome, Robert Sabuda, Maira Kalman, and Maurice Sendak, talk about their work.
Reading Level:
AD 740 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.2 3 Quiz: 20196.
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Central Library NC965 .W56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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More than 20 illustrators of children's books, including Leo and Diane Dillon, James Ransome, Robert Sabuda, Maira Kalman, and Maurice Sendak, talk about what drove them to become artists and what art means to them. of color illustrations.

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Booklist Review

More than 20 artists, well known in children's book illustration, contributed a sampling of their work and a few brief words (sometimes quite revealing) of accompaniment in this large-size, nicely appointed book, proceeds of which go to the Association for Library Service to Children. Julie Cummins provides a thoughtful introduction to the full-color works, a number of which are showcased here for the first time. Many of the pictures, like Maira Kalman's portrait of herself in seventh grade, are full page, giving viewers a good opportunity to look at the art style. All reflect both the artists' joy in their work and their connection to their young audience. Artists included range from Graeme Base to Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng. An activity guide for elementary-grade students, put together by Barbara Kiefer, rounds things out. For more information on children's book art, take a look at Children's Book Illustration and Design (the latest one was published in 1998), which Cummins edited. There's not much information, but this is an attractive choice that will find browsers among librarians, teachers, Picture Ladies, and kids themselves. --Stephanie ZvirinReference Books Bulletin

Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-Aspiring artists, young and old, will be drawn to this collection of text and illustrations by 20 well-known picture-book illustrators. A single oversized page is given to each artist (e.g., Susan Jeffers, Maira Kalman, James Ransome, David Small), or in a few cases, an artistic duo (e.g., Leo & Diane Dillon, Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher, Jean & Mou-Sien Tseng), in which to express his/her feelings about art, inspiration, books, and life through a combination of pictures and words. One of the most compelling aspects of the book is how these creators approached the same task with very different results. Some chose a selection from their published body of work while others appear to have created illustrations specifically for this publication. The stylistic differences will serve as a launching pad for discussion, and readers may be prompted to seek out titles by illustrators with whom they are less familiar. While this title may not have mass appeal, it will serve as a useful art-education tool and as a stepping stone to discussions of fine art. An introduction and an idea-rich activity guide are also included. Broader and less detailed in scope than Leonard Marcus's A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists Share Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal (Walker, 1998), this volume is a charming addition to the body of literature about the world of picture books.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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