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A Picture Is Worth…
                                                                                                                  by Karla Wendelin




W            hy art? Because it
             inspires, evokes a
             passion to create,
and elevates the soul and
the mind. Library media spe-
                                                      showing resulted in a book contract. The
                                                      narrative is supported on every page by
                                                      quotes from Gág’s diaries or other papers.
                                                      Rendered in watercolor and gouache with
                                                      colored pencil details, the richly colored
                                                      illustrations add a nostalgic feel to this
                                                      warm and loving tribute.
                                                                                                     interest in painting herself, Clementine
                                                                                                     used paints left behind by guests and, at
                                                                                                     night by kerosene lamp, began painting
                                                                                                     plantation life as she saw it. She painted
                                                                                                     hard times as well as warm recollections
                                                                                                     of family and friends on any surface she
                                                                                                     could find—window shades, bottles, old

cialists can collaborate with                      SPARK: The millions and billions                  boards, skillets. She sold her first works
                                                   and trillions of readers of this                  for 25 cents each and was eventually
the art teacher or classroom                       biography are going to want to
                                                                                                     noticed by influential people who placed
                                                                                                     her paintings in exhibitions. Clementine
teachers (in the absence of                        immerse themselves in Gág’s                       sometimes had to view the displays after
an art teacher) to extend stu-                     books. Fortunately, most are still                hours because laws prohibited her from
dents’ backgrounds through                         in print. Millions of Cats (1928) and             mingling with other visitors. Bright,
                                                   ABC Bunny (1933) were named                       mixed-media illustrations in naïve style
the following reviewed                             Newbery Honor Books. Snow                         reminiscent of Hunter’s work accompany
books and the artists and art                      White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)
                                                                                                     this inspirational story of perseverance.
                                                                                                     Eleven reproductions of her work are
forms represented.                                 and Nothing at All (1941) received                appended.
                                                   Caldecott Honor Book status. (All               SPARK: Compare the work of
Ray, Deborah Kogan. Wanda                          books originally published by                   Hunter with other self-taught folk
  Gág: The Girl Who Lived to                       Coward, McCann & Geoghegan)                     artists of her time: Minnie Evans,
                                                   Discuss with students the appeal
  Draw.
  Draw. Viking, 2008. ISBN                                                                         Horace Pippin, and Grandma
                                                   of Wanda Gág’s books then and                   Moses. Evans and Pippin were
  978-0-670-06292-8; unp.                          now and compare/contrast them
  Gr. 1-4.                                                                                         African American and had similar
                                                   with picture books published                    experiences early in their artistic
     Readers
                                                   today.                                          lives. Three books by Mary E.
     will be
     charmed                                                                                       Lyons shed light on Hunter, Evans,
     and de-                                       Whitehead, Kathy. Art from                      and Pippin: Talking with Tebé:
     lighted
                                                    Her Heart: Folk Artist                         Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist
     by this
     biogra-                                                    Hunter.
                                                    Clementine Hunter. Illus. by                   (Houghton Mifflin, 1998; Gr. 4-7);
     phy of                                                                                        Painting Dreams: Minnie Evans,
                                                    Shane W. Evans. Putnam,
     Wanda                                                                                         Visionary Artist (Houghton Mifflin,
     G
								
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