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      The Sleeping Gypsy

      by Mordicai Gerstein

      Oct 2016

      Arts Elementary Plus

      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Out of stock
      An elegant and beautiful story inspired by the characters in Henri Rousseau's Sleeping Gypsy. Author's note. Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paint on paper and digital tools.

      The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue

      by Suzanne Slade

      Sep 2016

      Arts Elementary

      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Out of stock
      Gershwin combined various kinds of music to create his masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue, a whirlwind composition of notes, sounds, and one long wail of a clarinet. Author's note. Illustrator's note. Time line. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic, with scanned textiles and papers incorporated.

      Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

      by Susan Hood

      Aug 2016

      Arts Elementary

      Out of stock
      “Worthless to thieves, it was invaluable to her. It was a violin of her very own!” Like most of the Recycled Orchestra’s instruments, Ada’s violin was made of items from a landfill. Now, the orchestra tours the world. Author’s note. Resources for further information. Sources. Full-color illustrations were created from a hybrid technique of collage, acrylic glazes and paints, drawings, and digital mediums, then executed on stipple paper. Ada Maribel Rios Bordados. Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados Cateura. Cateura, Paraguay. Orchestra. Asunción, Paraguay. Orchestral musicians. Landfills. Family life. Neighborhoods. Favio Chávez. Music lessons. Homemade instruments. Music concerts.

      The Artist and Me

      by Shane Peacock

      Jul 2016

      Arts Elementary

      Out of stock
      1880s: A young boy living near Arles, France, is one of Vincent Van Gogh’s many bullies. But secretly, the boy becomes captivated by the artist’s work. . . . Information on Vincent van Gogh. Author’s note. Sources. Full-color illustrations.

      Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk

      by Jane Sutcliffe

      Jun 2016

      Arts Elementary

      Out of stock
      What do “outbreak,” “wild goose chase,” and “foul play” have in common? They are examples of the many terms Shakespeare coined—or made popular—in his plays. Author’s note. Time line. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations done in pen and ink and painted in watercolor.

      Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth

      by Barb Rosenstock

      May 2016

      Arts Elementary

      $12.00  $7.50  Member Price
      Out of stock
      During the Great Depression, photographer Dorothea Lange turned her lens toward America’s poor. “For five years, in twenty-two states,” she chronicled “invisible people. The jobless. The hungry. The homeless.” Reproductions of photographs. Author’s note. Selected bibliography. Quotation sources. Further reading. Time line. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic on paper and digital.

      Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

      by Roxane Orgill

      Apr 2016

      Arts Elementary

      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Out of stock
      Harlem, 1958: Art Kane wasn't sure if any jazz artists would show up to his photo shoot, but "little by little / fifty-seven musicians / form[ed] an upside-down T / underlined / by twelve boys / just happen to be sitting on the curb." Introduction. Author's note. Biographies. The reach of Harlem 1958 beyond Esquire magazine. Source notes. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic and pastel.

      Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

      by Amy Novesky

      Mar 2016

      Arts Elementary

      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Out of stock
      At age twelve, Louise Bourgeois learned the family trade of restoring tapestries. When her mother died, Louise abandoned studying math. Instead, she coped by painting, weaving, and sculpting—and became a prolific artist. Author’s note. Quotes and sources. Full-color illustrations rendered in ink, pencil, pastel, watercolor, and Photoshop.

      Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter

      by Barbara Herkert

      Feb 2016

      Arts Elementary

      Out of stock
      “In 1860, proper girls weren’t artists. They had polite hobbies—flower arranging, needlepoint.” But even as a child, Mary Cassatt knew she would be an artist. And what a painter she became! Author’s note. Sources. Full-color illustrations done in gouache, watercolors, acrylics, enamel, and tempera.

      My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Jan 2016

      Arts Elementary

      $12.00  $5.00  Member Price
      Out of stock
      As a child, Robert Battle wore braces to straighten his legs, and he didn’t start ballet until age thirteen. But neither challenge stopped him from becoming a professional dancer and an artistic director. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Bibliography. Suggestions for further reading. Full-color pastel illustrations.

      Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

      by Lesléa Newman

      Dec 2015

      Arts Elementary

      Out of stock
      “Sixty seconds? Impossible!” Composer Moshe Cotel has trouble creating a short piano piece for a contest. But it’s no problem for his cat, Ketzel. Inspired by a true story. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations done in watercolor, gouache, and pencil.

      Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

      by Don Tate

      Nov 2015

      Arts Elementary

      Out of stock
      2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Winner
      As a boy, George Moses Horton taught himself to read, and “words loosened the chains of bondage.” During six decades of enslavement, he became a poet and the first African American published in the South. Bibliography. Author’s note. Full-color mixed-media illustrations were done in gouache, archival ink, pencil, and digitally.
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