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Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! by Jonah Winter

Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! (edition 2012)

by Jonah Winter, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

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Title:Just Behave, Pablo Picasso!
Authors:Jonah Winter
Other authors:Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
Info:Arthur A. Levine Books (2012), Edition: Hardcover, Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:biography, art, Picasso

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Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! by Jonah Winter



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This book captures the attention of young readers by providing them with expressions beyond their beliefs. Its a tale of when Pablo first started to paint. People loved his work, but when he changed his vision of art he became hated for what he painted. He comes to discover that as long as he is proud of what he does that is all that matters. This book has expressions that jump off the page. The only down side of this book is that it was not very informative to be considered a biography about Picasso. This only described one event in his lifetime. Students will need some form of background knowledge of Picasso in order to truly understand the story told in this children's book. ( )
  amartino1208 | Feb 12, 2015 |
This book is about Pablo Picasso and how he became known around the world. He paints realistic pictures and everyone loves them. They ask to paint 200 more just the same, so he does. He makes a lot of money doing these paintings. Then he gets bored. He doesn't want to paint the same thing over and over again. So he paints something new. The people hate it and try to convince him to go paint to his original painting style. He refuses and keeps painting in the style he chooses. Eventually, people grow to love him again.

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This book is a great lesson to do what makes you happy and not what everyone else wants from you. Art comes in many forms. There is no wrong way to design art piece. Follow your dreams and be happy.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. In the classroom, have the children create their own piece of art.
2. You can also have the children write a letter to Picasso explaining how his story inspired them. ( )
  angela.knox | Nov 11, 2014 |
This story about Pablo Picasso can inspire young artistic students to continue on an original path. Picasso's creativity in his own mind was never ending with amazingly unique ideas. In this book many people talk bad about his painting and lash out to him for it. He continues creating art the comes from his own imagination. He is soon called the modern artist. ( )
  Raquelb | Oct 2, 2014 |
This book is a quick summary of Pablo Picasso's beginnings and youth. He is one of the world's most popular artists and he created works of art in many different styles. He was praised and criticized for his paintings. He wanted to be creative and different and ignored all the negative feedback that he received form the people that did not like his paintings. The book reveals how extremely talented he was since he was very young. I was surprised by how captivating this book was. I never expected it to be so eye catching and interesting. A very nice way to introduce Pablo Picasso to young ones and help them learn about his life in a fun way. ( )
  cvarela | Oct 2, 2014 |
I appreciated the larger-than-life approach to portraying Picasso. I simply loved the double spread close up of the intense, not-quite-pleasant-expression on his face on the title page...right away an indication that Picasso is going to engage you whether you like it or not. And I am happy to see representations of so many different of his works throughout the book...usually with a picture book about an artist I am left wanting more of their art than I get.

I really don't mind the fantastic elements--Picasso bursting through the landscape, Picasso 100 feet tall--they are an imaginative way to represent all the oversize feelings and debate that surrounded Picasso his entire career. But I do think it's a lost opportunity not to address this in an author's note. It would have been cool to hear the author talking about wanting to show Picasso in a new way, just as Picasso wanted to depict the world he saw in a new way.

Also, we complain (rightly) when students cut-and-paste and plagiarize; so wouldn't it behoove us to offer them excellent models of citing their sources as they begin learning about non-fiction? In this book there is quite a bit of dialog, which is a great technique for engaging children and making the text come alive. I would really have appreciated, though, a list of citations or a note in the back telling me which, if any, of the quotes were real. (eg, "Pablo Picasso did say, 'To copy yourself is pathetic,' but he didn't shout it from a rooftop like we said in the book, he wrote it in a letter to Mr. X." [I'm totally making this up, I have no idea when or how he said this for real, though the actual quote seems to be, "To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic."])

If they weren't real quotes, then a note to that effect would be great too. ("Pablo Picasso didn't say these things exactly, but in letters/newspaper articles/whatever he did say X, which is very similar.") Unfortunately, there is no bibliography, works cited, or resources for further reading listed at all.

So, great introduction to Picasso, not so great on being a non-fiction book. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545132916, Hardcover)

An inspiration to anyone who's ever felt judged!

"One day the world is a peaceful, lovely landscape painting... The next day - BLAM! - Pablo bursts through the canvas, paintbrush in hand, ready to paint something fresh and new."

Pablo Picasso may have been one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, but that doesn't mean he painted what people wanted him to paint! In fact, some people hated his paintings, and called them "ugly!" and "terrible!" -- something many kids can relate to. But Picasso didn't listen to all those people, and kept on working the way he wanted to work, until he created something so new, so different... that people didn't know what to say!

For every young artist who's drawn something other kids think is "ugly," this story of rebellion and creativity is sure to inspire.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:34:15 -0400)

"Pablo Picasso may have been a world-famous artist, but that doesn't mean no one ever called his artwork "ugly." Any kid who's been told what to draw, or heard mean things about something they made, will relate to this story about how Pablo faced down his critics and made something truly original."--Jacket flap.… (more)

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