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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (edition 2012)

by Michelle Markel, Amanda Hall (Illustrator)

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Title:The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
Authors:Michelle Markel
Other authors:Amanda Hall (Illustrator)
Info:Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 34 pages
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Engaging illustrations capture the brilliant hues and style of Henri Rousseau in this picture book biography. For any reader who may harbor fears that they're not good enough to pursue a passion, Rousseau's life journey and persistence will be sure to inspire. An untrained artist who began painting at 40 (he was a toll collector), he painted what he liked and what he imagined. Literally told he had no talent, Rousseau paid no heed to the naysayers and never stopped painting, developing a unique style. ( )
  pataustin | May 8, 2015 |
This book was about the artist, Henri Rousseau, but in turn it taught readers about dreams and their pursuit. Despite Henri's old age he still pursued art and followed his heart. By doing so he turned out pretty successful. This book teaches readers that dreams are worth going after no matter how young or how old. The illustrations by Amanda Hall were beautiful and perfect for this book, they reflected the real jungles (paintings) of Henri Rousseau. ( )
  kitbraddick | Apr 7, 2015 |
This is a great biography for young children as it is an easy read and provides excellent information about Rousseau. The book emphasizes the common theme in his paintings of jungles. I personally loved the illustrations of this book. ( )
  mcnicol_08 | Mar 2, 2015 |
The story of Henri Rousseau shows children that age is just a number, and dreams can be accomplished at any age. Henry strived to become a great painter despite what others were telling him. Children can learn about artist, along with a lesson on hard work and dedication. This book shows children that id they want to succeed at something bad enough, then they need some dedication to completing that activity. Loved the text and illustration in this book. ( )
  amartino1208 | Feb 26, 2015 |
This book is very good for children to read. Henri also was a painter who was very persistent and drew what he saw in his head. This shows children the power of their imagination. He, also, saw his paintings in a museum because he never gave up. Children draw what is in their head and they think it is the best thing, Henri makes this real. ( )
  ccampeaux | Feb 23, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802853641, Hardcover)

Henri Rousseau wanted to be an artist. But he had no formal training. Instead, he taught himself to paint. He painted until the jungles and animals and distant lands in his head came alive on the space of his canvases.

Henri Rousseau endured the harsh critics of his day and created the brilliant paintings that now hang in museums around the world. Michelle Markel's vivid text, complemented by the vibrant illustrations of Amanda Hall, artfully introduces young readers to the beloved painter and encourages all readers to persevere despite all odds.

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A child's biography of French artist Henri Rousseau, who spent his life as a toll collector, but created unheralded masterpieces in his spare time.

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