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Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes Hardcover – August 19, 2014

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"Dreams and memories were Cornell’s inspiration for his iconic boxes, and here they take up whole pages.... An author’s note about the last exhibition Cornell attended, a show held exclusively for children, makes his work even more accessible for the picture-book set. This breezy introduction to an uncommon artist serves as a welcoming invitation for budding artists to explore their own creativity." (Booklist, June 2014)

"Winter's lyrical prose is true to the gentle strangeness of Cornell's work." (Publishers Weekly, May 2014)

"A gentle homage to artist Joseph Cornell explores artistic inspiration for very young readers and listeners. . . . Winter offers a look at a form of artistic expression within reach of her audience. . . . Winter’s digitally rendered art is delicate and inviting. . . [she] captures in two dimensions a great deal of the evocative nature of Cornell’s three-dimensional work in a way that will be intriguing for the very young." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Finally, a children's picture book about the artist Joseph Cornell. And for someone whose work was so connected to childhood, memory, and dreams, it's about time. . . . Winter's playful and collagelike illustrations re-create many of his well-known works in a style that complements Cornell's own aesthetic. . . . While concepts and theories about art and artists can often be difficult to present to young children, this picture-book biography is particularly accessible and can serve as an ideal gateway to more advanced books on the subject. Teachers and librarians can use this work to explore a unique contribution at the forefront of modern art; children will be inspired to dream and create on their own." (School Library Journal, July 2014)

About the Author

Jeanette Winter is the acclaimed author/illustrator of many highly regarded picture books, including The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq; Mama: A True Story in Which a Baby Hippo Loses His Mama During a Tsunami, but Finds a New Home, and a New Mama; Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa; Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan; Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia; Henri’s Scissors; Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes; and Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan. She lives with her husband, artist Roger Winter, in New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (August 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442499001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442499003
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on October 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Written as a tribute to the real Mr. Cornell, Jeanette Winter takes her readers on a trip of discovery to meet a man that left a lifelong impression on her.

When Joseph Cornell was not crisscrossing New York City selling textiles, he was caring for his mother and brother; but in his free time, Mr. Cornell could be found in his basement, making memory boxes from random items that he found as he traveled throughout the city. Items that reminded him of adventures during his life.

Mr. Cornell was a quiet man that kept to himself, he saw mostly dreams and memories that he placed in his shadow boxes to share with children and in doing so, he also shared his love of art with those that lived on Utopia Parkway and beyond.

I am not sure if this book will appeal to most readers, the concept might be a bit over a young listeners understanding, but if you can get your slightly older reader interested and follow up with making a memory box of their own, you will have a definite winner on your hands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Walch on January 10, 2015
Format: Hardcover
This tribute to a real but rather obscure man who created collages of items encased in boxes with glass fronts will interest some adults and older children more than youngsters in the recommended 4-8 range. The illustrations are OK but not that memorable. I imagine this book will work best with children who might want to create magic memory or dream boxes like the ones Joseph Cornell created. Using this book to inspire a group of school children might be the best use of "Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes".

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This book was a disappointment. My granddaughter, age 4, took one look at it and said she didn't want to read it. I thought that since I had 2 shadow boxes she would find it interesting, but she says she doesn't want to read it.
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By Amy Evans on March 5, 2015
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Beautiful book about a great artist. My students loved learning about Cornell through these illustrations.
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Great book for explaining art process to children.
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