Monday, March 7, 2016

Bibliophile's Corner

The Iridescence of Birds
by Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Flap Copy Description:
If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures?

My Thoughts:

Since my husband is an oil painter, and we're both active in the art community in our city, children's books about artists are some of my very favorites. The Iridescence of Birds is an exquisite book, both for its insightful text, and also for the inspirational illustrations. Ms. MacLachlan captured those childhood experiences of Matisse that no doubt led to him becoming an artist; she's penned a lovely story that will delight little readers everywhere. Ms. Hooper's extensive research of the multi-talented artist of sculpture, collage, printmaking, and of course, painting, echoes on every page of this beautiful book. I highly recommend The Iridescence of Birds to children of all ages.

Click here to learn more about the author, Patricia MacLachlan.

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