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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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Rating:*****
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The picture book biography of Henri Rousseau is very organizationally well done. I loved that it teaches well for all the children. ( )
  jlaurendine | Jan 29, 2015 |
A beautifully illustrated book, with the fantastic message about following your passion regardless of what others say. A great introduction to Art History. At the end the author even includes the names of the historical figures pictured throughout the book, which would serve as a great talking point for learning about other artists from the same time period. The Jungles of Henri Rousseau is the wonderful book for any child interested in Art.
  JessicaLeupold | Jan 5, 2015 |
Henri Rousseau was a toll collector who really wanted to be an artist. He was consumed by his art but many critics only laughed at him. It talks about a short period of his life that keeps it simple for young readers.

The illustrations in this book are amazing. Some of the best I have seen thus far. ( )
  ashleyschifano | Oct 24, 2014 |
Wonderful illustrations. Good information on Rousseau's life. The author of the book gives detailed information about his failures -- good life lessons. I would definitely use this book in my bibliography unit. (grades 2 - 5) ( )
  SuPendleton | Sep 27, 2014 |
This book tells the story of Henri Rousseau, a toll collector who decided to be an artist at the age of forty. The story of Rousseau's life is one of not being afraid to try something new, and listening to what makes one's own heart happy, instead of the naysayers.He painted for the rest of his life, regardless of what the critics said about him, or who laughed at him. He was beloved by later generations, however, and his work resides in museums all of the world. He died very poor, and did not see that success in his lifetime, but he still had the courage to do what he loved. It is a great message for children. Also, the illustrations in this book are wonderful. Amanda Hall attempted to emulate Rousseau's style, and it gives the book a whimsical feeling. It also helps to make the reader understand the fantastical world of the artist's imagination, the thing that was driving him to continue to create. Great book. ( )
  Melissalorio | Jan 26, 2014 |
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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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