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A Bird or Two: A Story about Henri Matisse [Hardcover]

By Bijou Le Tord (Author)
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Simple text and illustrations describe the work of French painter, Henri Matisse, particularly his joyful use of color

Publishers Description
Bijou Le Tord's delightful illustrations capture the vivid colors of the beloved painter Henri Matisse, and her poetic words sing to the music of his pictures.

From Publishers Weekly
Le Tord here does for Matisse what she did for Claude Monet in A Blue Butterfly: she bends her watercolor style to incorporate suggestions of Matisse's famous works, and her scant, poetic text tells readers just enough to kindle an appreciation for Matisse's genius. The artist is already old and accomplished when he is introduced here, newly arrived in Nice and influenced by the extraordinary light. His colors change; his friends say, "He paints/ the sunshine/ everyday./.../ He works/ joyfully,/ with a light/ heart." Le Tord's sun-steeped art brings out that lightness of heart: her portraits of Matisse radiate his happiness and sense of play. While her versions of his paintings are more a blending of her style and his (as opposed to imitation), they capture Matisse's optimism. She doesn't give much in the way of facts (not even saying where, exactly, Nice is located), but when she declares that "Matisse/ made us/ `hear'/ with our/ eyes/ the music/ he painted/ in his/ pictures," her meaning comes through loud and clear--there is music in her work, too. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
A Bird or Two: A Story about Henri Matisse by Bijou Le Tord has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 11/01/1999 page 1745
  • Booklist - 11/15/1999 page 636
  • School Library Journal - 02/01/2000 page 112
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1999 page 142
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2000 page 142
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/18/1999

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.22" Width: 10.31" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1999
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  3-6
ISBN  0802851843  
ISBN13  9780802851840  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
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a work of beauty  Sep 17, 2002
A Bird or two opens your heart, your eyes to the extraordinary colorful work of Matisse. With great insight to his work Bijou Le Tord lets us enter the world of grace of this wonderful, beloved French artist. A must in all libraries, homes, wherever art is loved!
A Bird or Two is strong  Aug 20, 2000
"I am strong because I do what is in my mind."

It will be a child's recitation of these words that will make parents proud of the purchase of Bijou Le Tord's book, A Bird or Two. A Bird or Two, which is a biography of Heni Matisse, does not simply factualize the life of the famous painter, instead it fleshes him out and gives him spirit, life, and strength. As an introduction to the world of art, Le Tord's book is brilliant.

The book itself is a piece of art, thus it reflects the work of it's hero, Matisse, in a way that facts cannot. In Le Tord's book there lies a well-defined tribute to the famous artist which even the youngest child can grasp and cherish.

Educational and Fun!  Jun 22, 2000
After attending a Matisse exhibition I was eager to pass on my love for his paintings to my young nephews. This book is so effective in teaching them about the artist that even I learned a couple of things. So,if you're looking for a fun way to introduce young kids to art this book is a good tool. This book will give kids a friendly overview of who Matisse was and what motivated him to paint. It'll also show them "kid versions" of his most famous paintings. It's such a fun book that I recommend it for adults as well

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