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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
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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the historical story of how Henri Rousseau became a famous artist, despite no one believing in him
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  TUCC | Jan 11, 2017 |
A beautiful biography that teaches readers to do what you love despite the naysayers. There are many teacheable moments within this book. Sometimes, you don't need lessons. All you need is yourself. I'm a self taught artist, who later was formally trained. Henri Rousseau teaches humility as well with his scrapbook of the articles of his critics. This time, the book has both author and illustrator notes - and I imagine the illustrator notes are worth a read too, as artists sometimes gush over our favorites.
  rparks | Nov 9, 2016 |
Striking, glorious illustrations support a biography that focuses on HR's challenges as an untrained artist bucking convention. There is some exploration of why he painted the subjects and styles he did, but imo it wasn't quite enough. Good notes at the back. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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.Watch the trailer:
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
This is a story about perseverance. I think all students should read this. It tells the story of a forty year old man who decides he wants to be an artists. He takes his enjoyment of painting and turns it into a career. It takes over twenty years for his work to be respected and not mocked. Each year Henri Rousseau enters his art into an art exhibition in Paris only for it to be mocked and mean words be written about it. However, Henri never gives up and keeps entering his painting each year. He realized his paintings might not be the best but he paints because he likes it. He also knows he can only get better the more he practices. Eventually, he gets noticed by a popular artist, Picasso, and he is finally taken seriously. His paintings now hang in museums across the world and his art is well respected. ( )
  mamontgomery | Jan 17, 2016 |
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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.

Watch the trailer:

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:59 -0400)

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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