From School Library Journal
Grade 2–4—Russell, the great Western painter and sculptor, set out from Missouri for the Montana Territory in 1879, when he was 15. The free-spirited teen, given to skipping school, grew into an adventurous young man who was eager to capture what he saw in his art. Russell was also a good storyteller, and eventually his tales were published in magazines. This picture-book biography follows the design of Harris's Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter
(Pelican, 2007), noting facts in short paragraphs paired with photographs and Russell's artwork. While the pieces are not presented in chronological order, they are representative of his body of work. Details are listed in the back of the book, but dimensions are omitted. This is an attractive catalog, but for an appealing read-aloud biography try Jeanette Winter's Cowboy Charlie
(Houghton, 1995).—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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"...very well done and fills a niche for younger readers that has been lacking." Sharon McGowan, Librarian
, Frederic G. Renner Library, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT
"This beautiful children's book...will be part of the Dickinson Research Center's Library Collection. Lois V. Harris selected several images from our collections to illustrate the biography..." National Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseumCharlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist
is "an easy-to-read introduction to the works of the self-taught painter and sculptor." Cowboys & Indians Magazine,
"The joy and hardships of the world of the cowboy literally sing from the pages like tumbling tumbleweeds across the prairie..." The News-Review
, Roseburg, OregonCharlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowby Artist
is "chock-full of some of his most memorable paintings of the American West...a simple but lively text..." The Kitsap Sun
and The Bellingham Herald
"This is a delightful book for young readers about the greatest artist and storyteller of the old American West--Charlie Russell." -- --Raphael James Cristy, author of "Charles M. Russell: The Storyteller's Art"