Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Georgia O'Keeffe by Isabel Sánchez Vegara

A Girl Who Knew What She Loved At An Early Age

- The Mother Of American Modernism -

Little People, Big Dreams Series

At an early age Georgia discovered that while her six brothers and sisters were playing outside, she was happier exploring and admiring the world around her since she loved colors and shapes. At school, she was more interested in studying objects out the window than what was on the blackboard.

When she told her mother that she wanted to become an artist, her mom supported her by making sure she was able to take art lessons. In time, Georgia moved to Chicago and New York to continue her studies.

While it seemed to Georgia that people were too busy to admire the small beauties around them, she would stop and study even the smallest things such as flowers. When she decided to paint a small flower she put her nose close to it to study the tiniest details.

Eventually, she met a photographer, fell in love, and married him. This man can take credit for understanding her art and putting together an exhibition of her artwork. Unlike what the public was used to seeing, many couldn’t quite figure out her paintings.

Georgia continued to appreciate everything she saw. She traveled and painted many things such as sand dunes and desert. She traveled so much that people called her “Mother of American Modernism.”

This special lady followed her dream and inspired people to study common objects and to appreciate their shape, color, and size.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: I felt a little cheated. The last of the book gave more information about Georgia O’Keeffe, but it was primarily an “adult” version of the same information in the book. I also wanted to see at least a couple of her paintings so that I could better understand her insight and what made her art unique. (Of course, curiosity made me look up her paintings on the Internet.)

What I liked Most: I do enjoy the “Little People, Big Dreams” books and the fact that a few of the people I haven’t heard of, so it’s a learning experience for me too. I especially liked the illustrations in this particular book. They are bright and very kid-friendly.

Art For Small Hands: Activities
Georgia O'Keeffe Paintings, Biography, and Quotes


Author:  Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara
Illustrator:  Erica Salcedo
Publisher: Lincoln Children's Books (June 2018)

  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Pages: 32


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