Georgia 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
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.
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.
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?
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.