Self-portrait with seven fingers : the life of Marc Chagall in verse

by Lewis, J. Patrick.

Format: Print Book 2011
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography qj PS3562.E9465 S45 2011
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To do something with seven fingers is a Yiddish expression meaning to do something well or adroitly. Marc Chagall was a Russian Jew and a wandering dreamer. From his humble hometown of Vitebsk, Belarus, he went out to take in the world the grandeur of St. Petersburg, the romance of Paris, the freedom of New York. Through wars, Nazi persecution, and the passing of nine decades, he found love, pioneered techniques in modernism, and painted. Above all, he painted. Fourteen of Chagall s works are here vividly reproduced and accompanied by the poems of notable children s writers J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen in this colorful celebration of a most remarkable artist.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With a title inspired by one of Marc Chagall's paintings, this handsome, large-format book traces his life through free-verse poems and paragraphs of information, illuminated by excellent reproductions of his paintings and a few period photos of the artist and his world. Born in the Russian city of Vitebsk, Chagall married Bella, his muse and frequent model. A Jew, he left Russia in 1922 after the formation of the Soviet Union and fled Nazi-occupied Paris for New York in 1941. He returned to France after the war. Both Lewis and Yolen contribute poems, usually written from Chagall's point of view, and the quality of the verse is quite good. A list of sources is appended. On a typical double-page spread, a clearly written paragraph of information works with the poem and the large illustration on the facing page to communicate a sense of who Marc Chagall was and what he loved as well as tracing the story of his life, noting his accomplishments, and commenting on the artworks shown. A unique introduction to Chagall and his art.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lewis and Yolen pair 14 poems about Marc Chagall (1887-1985) with reproductions of more than a dozen of his paintings (as well as vintage photographs) in this moving account of the artist's Jewish upbringing in what is now Belarus ("Oh, Uncle, play me a communion,/ on your kishefdik violin"), his ascent in the art world, and his loves and losses, including arrest by the Nazis while living in Paris ("There is no arguing with soldiers,/ no pleading while wearing the yellow star"). The duo's emphatic and empathetic verse is put into context by informative biographical sidebars that appear beneath each poem. A study in resilience, dedication, and wide-ranging talent. Ages 11-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Chagall, Marc, -- 1887-1985 -- Juvenile poetry.
Chagall, Marc, -- 1887-1985 -- Poetry.
Artists -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography -- Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
Artists -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography -- Poetry.
American poetry.
Publisher Mankato, MN :Creative Editions,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Self-portrait with 7 fingers
Contributors Yolen, Jane.
Language English
Description 38 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781568462110 (hbk.)
1568462115 (hbk.)
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