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Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased (edition 2012)

by Amy Novesky, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)

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Title:Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased
Authors:Amy Novesky
Other authors:Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
Info:Harcourt Children's Books (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
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Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky



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A beautiful book! I loved that it captured the spirit and strength of the artist and her work! The subtitle words, "painted what she pleased" really sums it up! Lovely! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
I thought this is a good book for many different reasons. This book is an Autobiography about a woman named Georgia O’Keefe. The author writes about how she travels the world to draw a pineapple, which in the end she became famous for. I like the illustrations in this book because they are very colorful and add emphasis how gorgeous Hawaii is. For example, Georgia paints beautiful flowers. The illustrator captures this by using bright colors to show the vibrant flowers. This Non-Fiction book is very engaging and is written in a way that would be entertaining to all readers. The language is also very descriptive. The author writes, “Bird of paradise and philodendron, foot-long heliconia and fragrant plumeria, torch ginger and silver cup, lotus and hibiscus.” This provides details that Gerogia experiences when she travels the world. This book is written in an interesting way and captures the reader’s interests with the colorful and detailed illustrations.
1 vote katiebanaszak | Sep 29, 2015 |
I enjoy Georgia O’Keefe’s art and was curious to see how her story would be told as a picture book. This particular vignette was an interesting portrayal and demonstrated O’Keefe’s independence and strong will; always positive messages for students to acquire.
Curricular connections for art in fourth grade can be made by reading this story to introduce the artist before beginning a unit on O’Keefe and other nature artists.
  tona.iwen | Mar 10, 2015 |
Another great picture book exploring a famous artist. Georgia O'Keeffe. This book shows Georgia's strength and ability to be creative in her artistry despite the pressure that was placed on her to paint only assigned images. This book gives an insightful look into her trip to Hawaii and how she painted what she saw and not what she was told. In the end however. she did paint the Pineapple as she was asked to. But she did so when she chose to.
  gmustain | Dec 7, 2014 |
As an adult reader, the text raised a lot of questions: Did the company commission O'Keeffe to paint a pineapple? Did they pay for her travels and her stay in return? Or was it less official? ("Come visit and if you paint a pineapple we'll buy it"?) Because there's part of me that says, if you're an artist and you accept a commission, I don't care how free-spirited and independent-minded you are, you need to follow through and deliver what you promised. So that not-keeping-your-word element muddied the happy-creative-yaya aspects of the rest of the book for me. And did she take off to visit the other islands because she was refused access to the fields, or was that part of the plan all along? And the timing of the pineapple appearing "36 hours" after she decided to paint one...that's an interesting detail, but it's not clear why it's necessary to the story arc. It made me go back and re-read that page to see if there was something I missed. I really like the middle of this book--all the lush color and peering over an artist's shoulder to see what they are seeing and imaging how they are seeing it. But I'm a little fuzzy on the point of the rest of it.

And why, why, why don't we get to see a print of the finished pineapple painting??? ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152054200, Hardcover)

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawaiian tour celebrates natural beauty and powerful artistic convictions.

Georgia O’Keeffe was famous for painting exactly what she wanted, whether flowers or skulls. Who would ever dare to tell her what to paint? The Hawaiian Pineapple Company tried. Luckily for them, Georgia fell in love with Hawaii. There she painted the beloved green islands, vibrant flowers, feathered fishhooks, and the blue, blue sea. But did she paint what the pineapple company wanted most of all? Amy Novesky’s lyrical telling of this little-known story and Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous paintings perfectly capture Georgia’s strong artistic spirit. The book includes an author’s note, illustrator’s note, bibliography, map of the islands, and endpapers that identify Georgia’s favorite Hawaiian flowers.

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In 1939, artist Georgia O'Keeffe creates nearly twenty paintings as she tours the Hawaiian islands, but refuses to paint pictures of pineapples the way her sponsors tell her to.

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