Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter

Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter

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Overview

A picture book biography of the remarkable folk artist Clementine Hunter.

Can you imagine being an artist who isn't allowed into your own show? That's what happened to folk artist Clementine Hunter. Her paintings went from hanging on her clothesline to hanging in museums, yet because of the color of her skin, a friend had to sneak her in when the gallery was closed.

With lyrical writing and striking illustrations, this picture book biography introduces kids to a self-taught artist whose paintings captured scenes of backbreaking work and joyous celebrations of southern farm life. They preserve a part of American history we rarely see and prove that art can help keep the spirit alive.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399242199
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/18/2008
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 470,951
Product dimensions: 10.18(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: AD870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kathy Whitehead lives in College Station, Texas.

Shane W. Evans lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"The message of Clementine Hunter's life, to not wait for the perfect time to create, will inspire many readers." —Ashley Bryan, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the Arbuthnot Prize

"Whitehead’s lyrical text speaks of Hunter’s perseverance and talent as well as of the simplicity, love of nature, and caring of friends and family that informed her work. Evans bolsters Whitehead’s words with bold mixed-media illustrations that portray Hunter in hard times and in good." —School Library Journal

"Clementine Hunter . . . overcame prejudice, poverty, and hard times to create beautiful folk art that is now celebrated across the country. . . . Evans' full-page paintings with bright collage and black line evoke Hunter's hard work on the plantation, and happy times, too, including weddings and baptisms; and they show her creating beautiful, glowing art in the dim kerosene light, as she draws on her memories of her long life." —Booklist

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Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read a galley copy of this book that some of my colleagues received at ALA. As someone who enjoyed Lalita Tademy's Cane River and Elizabeth Shown Mills' Isle of Canes, it was nice to revisit Natchitoches Parish in the form of a picture book with the central character being an artist who grew up on Melrose Plantation.
theCajunLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Readers will enjoy reading about Clementine Hunter's inspirational determination and rise to fame despite being enslaved and discriminated against.
AlisonLucas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully illustrated and approachable biography about Clementine Hunter. This renowned painter started off as a slave, using leftover and recycled materials. Readers learn about her family, artistic inspirations, and rise to fame.
tiburon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting story about a folk artist who made art that eventually make to to a New Orleans art gallery. The twist is that she had to sneak in to see her work on display, as the gallery did not allow blacks. This is a historically accurate portrayal of an inspirational woman who painted her memories of plantation life, from struggles to celebrations.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Intended for children, but a great read for all ages. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about an important artist from recent history.