The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse

By MACLACHLAN, Patricia

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ISBN
9781596439481
Publisher
Roaring Brook Neal Porter Bks.


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on August 1, 2014  |  Preschool to Grades 4

Gr 1–4—This richly textured picture book looks at Henri Matisse's inspiration as a young boy, beginning with a spread depicting the gray, clammy French village in which he grew up. But while it is cold and damp outside, Matisse's mother fills the interior of their home with light through pattern and color. She paints natural scenes on plates, allows her son to mix and experiment with paint, and covers every possible surface with color. They are surrounded by their art. This look at Matisse's creativity and ar...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2014

"If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived / in a dreary town…" Thus begins this speculative exploration of the painter's early encounters with color, worded as a book-length query. It's his mother who brightens Henri's gray surroundings ("Painted plates to hang on the walls…she let you mix the colors"), brings him fruits and flowers to arrange, and swathes a room in red rugs. Most inspiring are the changeable colors of pigeons (given to Henri by ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

In this exploration of the painter's early encounters with color, Henri's mother brightens his gray surroundings, brings him fruits and fl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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