Into the woods : John James Audubon lives his dream

by Burleigh, Robert.

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Biographies qj QL31.A9 B87 2003x
Location  CLP - East Liberty
 
Collection  Children's Biographies
 
Call Number  qj QL31.A9 B87 2003x
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography qj QL31.A9 B87 2003x
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Biography
 
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Biographies qj QL31.A9 B87 2003x
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Children Biography J B Au29b
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Collection  Children Biography
 
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport - White Oak Children Biograpghy J B Au29b
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Western Allegheny Community Library Picture Book JP PIC BURLEIGH
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Summary
As a young man, John James Audubon, the renowned American woodsman and artist, had to make a choice between following his father's dreams for him and discovering his own special destiny.In this beautifully conceived book, Robert Burleigh imagines a conversation in which Audubon tells his father why he has chosen to forgo the ordinary life of a shop-keeper and instead live out in nature to develop his art and his relationship with the world. Illustrated not only with sumptuous images by Wendell Minor, but with actual drawings by Audubon himself, this book will appeal to his fans of all ages.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 2^-5. In this picture book for older children, Burleigh delivers an unusual portrayal of artist-naturalist John James Audubon, revealed through an imagined conversation between Audubon and his father. Brief, rhymed lines of conversation followed by italicized quotes from Audubon's actual journals explain why Audubon chose to forego the ordinary life of a shopkeeper to explore nature and develop his art. Brightly toned watercolors that realistically re-create the scenery and the wildlife of the early 1800s are accentuated with spot-art cameos of birds from Audubon's paintings. Full-page pictures on the right-hand pages alternate with double-page spreads to create a visual rhythm that matches the spare, poetic text. The picture-book format allows readers to appreciate Audubon's world as it catches the essence of a remarkable man, unknown to many children, who developed a special relationship with nature and immortalized America's bird life. This has rich potential for classroom use. --Julie Cummins"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Having previously written about Thoreau, Lindbergh and Babe Ruth, Burleigh continues his series of biographies of famous men in this poetic picture book about John James Audubon (1785-1851), sumptuously illustrated by Minor. The volume begins with advice to Audubon from his father: " `Be a store owner,' his father said./ But John went to the woods instead." As an author's note explains, what follows is Burleigh's imagined response, penned by Audubon in a letter to his father, in an ornate 19th-century style with rhymed couplets: "O father, dear Father, to me it seems/ No one can fail who holds to his dreams." The flow of the narrative parallels quotations from the naturalist's journals, just as Audubon's own paintings sometimes appear as spot art to mirror Minor's illustrations. Author and artist present Audubon as both idealistic and gentle, and though he doesn't "save every cent" as his father wants him to, he ends up "saving" in his artwork the disappearing world he observes ("And I must paint it all because/ We need this memory of what was"). His philosophy wafts through the volume like a summer breeze. Minor breathtakingly captures a landscape with a blue heron in the marsh as easily as a close-up of a dying dove, alongside a poem deft and sure. Nature-lovers and budding artists will want to know about this one. Ages 6-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Audubon, John James, -- 1785-1851 -- Juvenile literature.
Audubon, John James, -- 1785-1851.
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Artists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Naturalists.
Artists.
Diaries.
Publisher New York :Atheneum Books for Young Readers,2003
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Minor, Wendell.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0689830408
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