Item description for A Bird or Two: A Story about Henri Matisse by Bijou Le Tord...
Overview 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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Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.22" Width: 10.31" Height: 0.34" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0802851843 ISBN13 9780802851840
Availability 0 units.
More About Bijou Le Tord
Le Tord has created many highly acclaimed children's books.
Bijou Le Tord currently resides in Sag Harbor, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Bird or 2: A Story About Henri Matisse?
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