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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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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel



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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 |
This book was outstanding. There was not one thing I did not like about this book. The illustrations were gorgeous, colorful and inviting. Most of them took up an entire page, and some took up more than a full page. This is very suiting due to the fact that this book is a biographical story of the famous painter, Henri Rousseau. The language in the text is great, very descriptive and also metaphorical. The first page of the story reads, “when he strolls through the parks of Paris, it’s like flowers open their hearts, the trees spread their arms, and the sun is a blushing ruby all for him.” I think that is a beautiful way to describe Henri’s requited love for nature. The content of the story was especially interesting because the author is giving the reader a broad biography on the life of Henri Rousseau. This book is written as if it is a fictional story about a fictional character. However, that is not the case at all. This is important because the readers will soak up a lot of information about Henri’s life, while enjoying a fun picture book. Lastly, the main idea of this book is prominent. The author explains how Henri repeatedly sent his artwork to museums and exhibitions, only for it to be ridiculed and harshly critiqued by the public. After numerous times of getting publicly laughed at and bullied, he still carried on and continued to paint regardless of what the public thought of his paintings. As we know, those very paintings are now world famous, and Mr. Rousseau is iconic. This shows children to never give up and always follow their dreams. Additionally, the story explains that during Henri’s early career he was living in poverty, and was never able to visit the jungle, as a lot of his paintings would make it seem, however, he always saw the jungles in his mind. Although he was never able to travel outside of Paris, his imagination allowed him to produce beautiful works of art as if he had been to the most gorgeous of places. This was a great story, and any art teacher should use this to accompany instruction! ( )
  Abeckl1 | Sep 12, 2015 |
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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 |
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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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