Georgia O’Keeffe: Book Review

Georgia O'Keeffe by Isabel Sanchez Vegara is the story of how the world of art was changed by the observations of a woman. Read the review at Miss Jenny's ClassroomGeorgia declared she would be an artist when she was 12. She worked hard and before she knew it she was exhibiting her work and changing how people thought about art.

Title: Georgia O’Keeffe
Series: Little People, Big Dreams
Author: Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrator: Erica Salcedo 
ISBN: 9781786031228          Language: English

Classification: Non-fiction
Themes: art, artist, American modernism

What’s it about?
This is the story of Georgia O’Keeffe beginning when she was a child and first got interested in drawing, to when she declared she would become an artist at 12, to actually becoming an artist.

Embrace
First off I want to say I love, love, love, love Erica’s illustrations for this book. As always a clear, easy-to-read font has been used in the book. The story is interesting and covers a lot of landscapes/places she visited in her career.

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Georgia O'Keeffe by Isabel Sanchez Vegara is the story of how the world of art was changed by the observations of a woman. Read the review at Miss Jenny's ClassroomMy Thoughts
This one is just about to be released on the 7th June 2018 and I must say that this book is a MUST have!

I’m going to begin with Erica’s illustrations. Now as a whole the series of Little People, Big Dreams has a quirky illustration style which I’ve more come to expect and appreciate rather than wholly fall in love with. This book has a similar style but at the same time it is also quite different and in a way I LOVE! Not sure if it is the noses on the people or just the overall look of the pages but whatever it is Erica nailed it! Just look at this sample illustration – I mean, how gorgeous is that?

Georgia O'Keeffe - artist - sample from the Little People, Big Dreams series at Miss Jenny's Classroom

Okay, onwards to the rest of the book. This book text-wise doesn’t miss a beat either. I hadn’t actually heard of Georgie O’Keeffe so I found it quite interesting first to read the book…and then going to do some further research on her (which is always the sign of a great book!). Unlike other books that have quite serious historical events, such as Harriet Tubman, this one is what I will call rather light-hearted. The way she is portrayed is so fun and showing her how her interest developed in art and her particular style was fantastic. Also, unlike the other books I’ve read in the series this one looks to actively connect with the reader on the final page of the story where a teacher has a book about Georgia.

I would definitely be looking to use this book to introduce art styles in the classroom or to study artists to see how they development their style and the impact that it had on the art at the time. As always the books in this series are perfect for practising timeline construction.

Personally, I would also pair this will other art-loving books such as Rodney Loses It! and The Colours of HistoryA great book and I really hope they have Erica back to illustrate more!

Maria Isabel Sanchez web link

Erica Salcedo - Illustrator See her work on Miss Jenny's Classroom or visit her website.

SPECIAL THANKS TO QUARTO PUBLISHING GROUP – FRANCES LINCOLN CHILDRENS AND
NETGALLEY FOR PROVIDING ME WITH AN ARC OF THE BOOK.

11 Comments

  1. June 4, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    This sounds like a fun book and I’m with you – absolutely love the illustrations they are so different but the expressions in the characters eyes speaks volumes!

    • Miss Jenny
      Author
      June 4, 2018 / 3:32 pm

      I know I just love the overall look of these characters too!

  2. June 4, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    This post made me want to read, I love reading and hearing how others are impacted by things that they read. I can tell you enjoyed.

  3. June 4, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    It sounds like such a good story and really shows everyone that if you work hard you can achieve whatever you want x

  4. June 4, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I can see why you would want to introduce the illustrations to your classroom. They are so fun and really eye catching. The books sound fun as well.

  5. amielizabethblog
    June 5, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    Ah these seem like lovely little books and those illustrations are just so expressionate! I’m sure the kids will love them x

  6. June 5, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    Sounds like a really fun book and the perfect way to introduce different styles of art into the classroom. I love the illustration and the use of colour in the picture you included!

  7. June 5, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    This sounds like a great book for my son to read! He is an artist and he’s 11 but he has a lot of self-doubt. I think this book would be a great inspiration to him:)

  8. June 6, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    My 9-year-old is really into Art so I think he would really enjoy this book, and I agree with you: the illustrations look beautiful! I love their style!

  9. June 7, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    Gosh how awesome is that cover??? I’m teaching an art class for a couple of weeks soon and I think this will be the perfect hook to get the kids interested if I can find some resources about her artwork as well.

  10. June 7, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I love how many books are now coming out about successful women and their journeys. The cover is so bright and vibrant as well… amazing!

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