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Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist Hardcover – January 21, 2010

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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 Museum


Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist is "an easy-to-read introduction to the works of the self-taught painter and sculptor." Cowboys & Indians Magazine, December 2010

"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, Oregon

Charlie 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"
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; First Edition edition (January 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589807588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589807587
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,051,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this for my great grandson (but I read it first). It should easily meet a child's interest in the Old West, and the Russell illustrations are very nicely printed to go with an interesting narrative. I liked it, too.
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A wonderful book for parents and children to read together. Times gone past are skillfully depicted in words and pictures. It is important to keep the stories of our past and the people who created it alive for future generations. This is the idea behind Charlie Russell's works of art and also in this delightful book.
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Charlie Russell was a dreamer and that dream didn't include sitting at a desk learning things from a book. His idea of living was stealing away to the "St. Louis, Missouri docks to hear frontier stories about gun-shooting bandits, grizzly bears, and hungry wolves." The West called to him at an early age and even a whipping for skipping school couldn't deter him. Men who had experienced the wild West in one way or another were telling their tall tales on those docks and one eager young boy was listening closely. Playing "Settlers and Injuns" with his siblings was only a small indication of the life long love he would have for a place that he would one day introduce to the world through his art.

Materials for producing clay figures were readily available to Charlie because his family owned a brick factory. A passionate love of art was evident at an early age and, on one level, a tool with which he could bribe his fellow students into doing his homework. He evidently found out that clay or wax figurines made for excellent bartering material. Some people outgrow their dreams, but not Charlie. When he was fifteen, he left home when "his parents got a job for him on a sheep ranch." Art supplies in hand, he "rode a stagecoach over 1,800 miles to Montana territory." In this marvelous book you'll be able to follow the dream of the West that Charlie Russell never gave up and "listen" to his story by looking at his artwork.

This is an amazing tribute and introduction to Charlie Russell, whose artwork symbolizes the West of yesteryear. There are numerous full color reproductions of Russell's work, including several photographs of him and his family. One of the more interesting photographs is one of him as a young boy, fully outfitted in his cowboy gear.
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I recommend this book to both children and adults. I found learning about Russell and seeing his paintings reproduced a real pleasure. I would purchase more books by this author.
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My favorite Cowboy artist of all time. The best.
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