The sky painter : Louis Fuertes, bird artist

by Engle, Margarita,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 811.54 Eng
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 811.54 Eng

Louis loves to watch birds. He takes care of injured birds and studies how they look and how they move. His father wants him to become an engineer, but Louis dreams of being a bird artist. To achieve this dream, he must practice, practice, practice. He learns from the art of John James Audubon. But as Louis grows up, he begins to draw and paint living, flying birds in their natural habitats.

Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874-1927) is now known as the father of modern bird art. He traveled with many scientific expeditions all over the world. His best-known works--paintings for habitat exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History in New York--are still beloved by visitors today. His art helped to encourage wildlife conservation, inspiring people to celebrate and protect the world of wings.

Poems by Newbery Honor-winning author Margarita Engle and illustrations by Aliona Bereghici capture the life of Louis Fuertes and the deep sense of wonder that he felt when he painted the sky.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This picture-book biography of avian artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes begins with a father who wanted his boy to become an engineer but the child's fascination with winged creatures could not be denied. After studying Audubon's more formal pictures of birds, Fuertes decided early in his career to learn to paint them while they flew and perched and swam. Known as the father of modern bird art, he traveled around the world and showed birds in their natural habitats, including Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. Engle's descriptive poems are informative as well as beautiful to read: Alaska: I whistle. Birds answer . . . The beauty of flight like a dance in the clouds. Bereghici's softly hued ink and watercolor illustrations showing a wide variety of birds are clearly labeled. This appealing story of an early wildlife conservationist may inspire children to watch the sky and learn more about our avian friends.--Owen, Maryann Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In spare first-person poems, Louis Fuertes describes his life from a young devotee of birds to a career as a naturalist and artist. While Bereghici's watercolor-and-ink art offers realistically detailed images of the birds Fuertes loves, whimsical moments are present, too, as when Fuertes he dives underwater to observe ducks ("I plunge into a lake and look up/ from below, studying their funny tails/ and their paddling/ webbed feet"). Engle's quiet verse portrays Fuertes as a quietly impassioned individual most at home in the presence of animals or sharing his love for them. Ages 6-8. Author's agent: Michelle Humphrey, Martha Kaplan Agency. Illustrator's agency: the Organisation. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Fuertes, Louis Agassiz, -- 1874-1927 -- Juvenile poetry.
Fuertes, Louis Agassiz, -- 1874-1927.
Animal painters -- United States -- Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
Animal painters.
American poetry.
Publisher New York :Two Lions,2015
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Louis Fuertes, bird artist
Contributors Bereghici, Aliona, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781477826331
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