Jackie and the Mona Lisa

by Rovin-Murphy, Deborah,

Format: Print Book 2022
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Non-fiction J E 92 KENNEDY
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  J E 92 KENNEDY
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92K KENNEDY Mur
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 759.5 R76
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Collection  Children's Nonfiction
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Jackie Kennedy loved the arts. And America loved Jackie Kennedy. The first lady knew she had the country's attention--what would she do with it? Encourage Americans to appreciate art, of course! She turned the White House into a historical site filled with some of America's most treasured artifacts and pieces of art. She brought Shakespearean theater to the White House and ballerinas to the South Lawn. And most epically, she brought the Mona Lisa to the states (much to the chagrin of many Parisians) to encourage Americans to visit museums--and it worked! An inspiring story about one of the nation's most influential first ladies.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This "little known story of the sway, style, and persistence of America's favorite First Lady" certainly delivers. The first time Jackie Kennedy visited the White House, she was an unimpressed 11-year-old. It was drab and old-fashioned, didn't showcase America's history, and there was no guidebook! Later, when she became First Lady, she was disappointed that things were no different, but this time she could make a difference. She combined that drive with her love of beauty to make over not only her new home but also America's relationship with art. The First Lady made an audacious move: she brought the Mona Lisa to the U.S., and it was a hit! Murphy's upbeat, hopeful tale of a puzzlingly obscure story is matched here by Bricking's saturated watercolors, reminiscent of the style of Eloise but showing Jackie, the White House, and--especially charming--the French public's expressions of horror when a voyage is proposed for their dainty treasure. Back matter includes more about Jackie Kennedy--and refreshingly little about her husband--and about the Mona Lisa. A must for schools and public libraries."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This narrative nonfiction tale spotlights Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis (1929--1994), her filling the White House with historically significant furniture to make "a living museum," and efforts to inspire the public with art--particularly when she negotiated a 1963 loan of the Mona Lisa to museums in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Murphy narrates simply, with an attention to detail that will please young fact finders: "The Mona Lisa was placed in a bulletproof and waterproof container that could even float if the ship sank!" Bricking's slender, thin-lined figures of varying ages, abilities, and skin tones, rendered in a cool palette, have a cartoonish bent in this straightforward, art-centered profile of a beloved first lady. Back matter includes more about Onassis and the Mona Lisa. Ages 7--8. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Leonardo, -- da Vinci, -- 1452-1519. -- Mona Lisa -- Exhibitions -- Juvenile literature.
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, -- 1929-1994 -- Anecdotes -- Juvenile literature.
Leonardo, -- da Vinci, -- 1452-1519. -- Mona Lisa.
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, -- 1929-1994.
Art -- Exhibitions -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Ann Arbor, MI :Sleeping Bear Press,2022
Contributors Bricking, Jennifer, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781534111172
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