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Gr. 2-4. Though classified as fiction, this lyrical appreciation follows the widely known arc of Georgia O'Keeffe's biography and introduces key aspects of her sensibility, including her rugged self-sufficiency and her preoccupation with "shapes and spaces." As in her novel The Trial [BKL My 1 04], which was targeted at older children, Bryant writes in spare, lyrical verse, honoring her subject's idiosyncratic impressions and precise observation of the natural world: a southwestern sun that "flung itself across the sky," clouds that seemed painted "with a milk-dipped feather." Andersen, for her part, strides bravely into O'Keeffe's considerable shadow. Cow skulls, southwestern landscapes, and oversize flowers are present and accounted for, but the swooping brushstrokes and earthy textures are unmistakably Andersen's own. The unacknowledged mixture of history and poetic embroidery would have benefited from a clarifying endnote; Jeanette Winters' My Name Is Georgia (1998) strikes a better balance between capturing a spirit and documenting a life. Even so, this bold, beautiful rendition has a certain nonconformist flair that surely would have earned O'Keeffe's stamp of approval. Jennifer Mattson
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Jen Bryant has written several books for young readers, including Music for the End of Time (Eerdmans), Pieces of Georgia, and the acclaimed novel-in-verse The Trial (both Random House). Jen lives in Glenmore, Pennsylvania.

Bethanne Andersen has illustrated many books for young readers, including Seven Brave Women (Greenwillow), which received both the Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Award and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award; and Bluebird Summer (Greenwillow), which won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Honor Book Award. Bethanne lives in Boise, Idaho
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (January 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802853676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802853677
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jen Bryant writes picture books, novels and poems for readers of all ages. Her biographical picture book: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet,received a Caldecott Honor award and her historical novel in verse Ringside 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial is an Oprah Recommended Book for ages 12 & up. Other titles include Pieces of Georgia (IRA Young Adult Choices Pick), The Trial (about the 1935 Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial), a 1960's-era novel Kaleidoscope Eyes (a Jr. Library Guild selection), Georgia's Bones, celebrating the creative vision of artist Georgia O'Keeffe, Music for the End of Time, based on a true story about WWII, and Abe's Fish: A Boyhood Tale of Abraham Lincoln.

Jen has taught writing and Children's Literature at West Chester University and Bryn Mawr College and gives lectures, workshops and school presentations throughout the year. She lives with her family in Chester County, PA.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Georgia's Bones by Jen Bryant is a children's picturebook based on the life of artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Introducing young readers the world of a talented female artist, who sees the natural of beauty of New Mexico, even in such mundane things as bones, Georgia's Bones blends lyrical rhyme with sweeping color illustrations by Bethanne Andersen, and introduces the reader to the soul-stirring natural world, that can be summoned to mind and memory even when far away.
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I borrowed this book from the library and shared it with my preschool kids. I liked it so much that I bought it for my children's friend whose name is Georgia (for her birthday). The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and in a style reminiscent of Georgia O'Keefe. I have visited Santa Fe and the Georgia O'Keefe museum. I felt that the book was in alignment with who Georgia O'Keefe was.
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I was so disapointed in this book because it lacked any of Georgia's paintings. I returned it because of the lack of quality. I'm so impressed with The Smart About Art series and will stick to those from now on.
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Nice book for elementary art children. It tells of her interest in the Southwest. Nice illustrations.
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