Dreamer from the village : the story of Marc Chagall

by Markel, Michelle.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j N6999.C46 1735 2005x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Biography
Call Number  j N6999.C46 1735 2005x
Clairton Public Library Junior Biography J B C426
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Junior Biography
Call Number  J B C426
Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile Biography J BIO CHAGALL
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  J BIO CHAGALL
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B CHAGALL
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B CHAGALL
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Non-Fiction j 92 CHAGALL
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 92 CHAGALL
Marc knew he was different from other boys. He saw things they didn't see.

A beautiful introduction to the life and work of Marc Chagall

In the imagination of Marc Chagall, all of life was an inspiration for the beautiful and strange pictures he created. He painted people, farm animals, religious symbols, visions, and feelings in a way no other artist had attempted.

With vivid prose and exuberant illustrations this book chronicles the life of Marc Chagall-born to a humble Jewish family in a Russian ghetto-who became one of the most celebrated artists of the twentieth century.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "K-Gr. 3. Both straightforward and whimsical, this well-paced picture-book biography of Marc Chagall follows the artist from childhood to his triumphant showing at the Louvre, when he was 90. Brief paragraphs describe Chagall's early sense that he was different from other boys. He saw things they didn't see. Those visions are blended into the story's busy, bright acrylic paintings, and children may have trouble separating dream and biography in the crowded spreads and passages of text, such as, One afternoon, the color of this uncle's skin drifted out the window, onto the street. They may also need more explanation about Jewish references mentioned in the book, though the brief glossary will help. But even if children don't understand the sense in all the words, Markel's book is a creative introduction to the artist that reinforces the notion that pictures can show ideas and feelings, rather than the way things really look. More biographical details close. Also suggest Marc Chagall (2001) by Elisabeth Lemke and Thomas David, which includes reproductions of Chagall's work. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This picture-book biography of painter Marc Chagall illustrates how a childhood spent in close observation of family, religious ritual and his small Russian village became fodder for his glorious artwork. One spread shows young Marc attentively walking among village shopkeepers, women and children, workmen and animals; another depicts the boy, slightly older, gazing admiringly from his attic window (?The town was like a richness that filled him?the goats and chickens, the factories, the cemetery, and everything that lay beyond?). The narrative also describes the development of his artistic sensibilities: ?Marc knew he was different from other boys. He saw things they didn?t see. On the Sabbath, enchanted by the singing of prayers, Marc saw houses floating.? Those familiar with his work will detect the seeds here for his transcendent paintings; Lisker (A Hanukkah Treasury) pays Chagall homage through seemingly weightless landscapes with blue horses and purple cows. Even though Marc?s family disliked his drawings, his mother sent him to art school (in one humorous image, the students sketch a plaster statue while Marc draws a cow). Finally in Paris, he finds a receptive audience. The pacing can be clunky, and the biographical details sketchy, but this tale of a boy with a unique perspective eventually getting his reward, coupled with Lisker?s Chagall-inspired images and exuberant color schemes will likely inspire any child who feels underappreciated for his or her gifts. Ages 5-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Chagall, Marc, -- 1887-1985 -- Juvenile literature.
Chagall, Marc, -- 1887-1985.
Artists -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :H. Holt,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Lisker, Emily.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 0805063730 (hc : alk. paper)
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