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Norman Rockwell: Storyteller With A Brush Hardcover – January 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689820011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689820014
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"[Rockwell's] great talent was that his paintings told stories without using a single word," writes Gherman (E.B. White: Some Writer!) in this anecdotal biography. Her well-chosen words join with crisp reproductions of his art to tell a heartening story of this devoted chronicler of American social history who paid tribute to "average people doing average things"--among them: Rosie the Riveter taking a lunch break (1943), a boy heading off to college in Breaking Home Ties (1954) and African-American student Ruby Bridges going to an integrated school (1964). Sketching his childhood, Gherman explains that, unlike his athletic older brother, Rockwell was skinny and clumsy, but he drew effortlessly and knew "that was what he wanted to do with his life." At 15, he quit high school to enter art school and later attended the Art Students League in New York. The author offers edifying particulars about the mechanics of Rockwell's painting; especially skilled at drawing children, he for years insisted on working from live models and later realized the efficiency and advantages of painting from photographs. Including a number of his celebrated covers for the Saturday Evening Post, of which he produced 332 over almost 50 years, the volume validates a nickname Rockwell earned early on in his career: "the kid with the camera eye." Gherman brings Rockwell into sharp focus here. Ages 8-up. (Jan.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8-Gherman follows the artist's life from his humble beginnings to his success and, finally, to his death in 1978. The format of the biography is appealing and attractive. The pages are replete with color reproductions of Rockwell's paintings as well as photographs of the man and his family. The text is well researched and authentic; the writing style is free-flowing and the words capture the naturalness of Rockwell's paintings. Public libraries and school libraries will want to add this fascinating, informative, and inspiring biography to their collections.
Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY
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S. S. KREIS
She treats us to photographs of Rockwell at work, whether in a drawing class sketching a model or working in his own studio.
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It is inviting and easy to read for both young people and adults alike.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark Battista on March 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
To her string of biographies of famous people, Beverly Gherman has added another winner with Norman Rockwell, Storyteller With A Brush. While it is written for and marketed to young readers, this easy read will inform, delight and inspire anyone of any age with a curiosity about what makes great people tick, and how they got to be great. A passion for his art is an added bonus, as the book is sprinkled generously with Rockwell illustrations. It's also a walk down memory lane for history buffs, for Rockwell did indeed capture the story of American culture and history from the first World War into the late sixties.
Gherman does a great job getting behind the scenes. We learn about Rockwell's childhood in New York City and, in summers, on a farm, and his very early realization that he loved to draw, and had a gift. She treats us to photographs of Rockwell at work, whether in a drawing class sketching a model or working in his own studio. What jumps out is not just Rockwell's innate talent but his tremendously hard work to improve his craft. Equally tenacious was his initiative in bringing his work to market, or, one might say, creating a market for his work. We can feel his powerful ambition as a young illustrator to break into the big times - of which the cover of the Saturday Evening Post was the epitome. We can feel his nervousness and anticipation as he waits in the lobby of that magazine's head office in Philadelphia for an art editor to review the three paintings he had brought with him from New York. Finally, we imagine his joy when they buy his work on the spot and commission additional covers, starting a nearly half century long relationship and the seemingly endless series that became his hallmark.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My first thought when I picked up "Norman Rockwell: Storyteller With a Brush" was why Beverly Gherman had selected "The Soda Jerk," the painting that appeared on the August 22, 1953 cover of the "Saturday Evening Post" for the cover of her book. Part of it has to do with Gherman's emphasis on Rockwell's art depicting kids throughout this book for young readers, but then I noticed that the painting on the back cover is "Norman Painting 'The Soda Jerk,'" also from 1953.
Normal Rockwell was the premier American illustrator of the 20th century and it is hard to think that in this century where computers have been added into the mix along with photography that anybody is ever going to replace Rockwell in the pantheon of American artists. Certainly no one will be more identified with Americana than the man who painted the "Four Freedoms" series and all those "Saturday Evening Post" covers. But Gherman goes beyond those famous works to include those illustrations Rockwell did for editions of Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn." Opposite the book's first chapter is Rockwell's "Triple Self-Portrait" (1960), which has to be one of the two most famous ones ever done (and the artist includes the other, of Vincent Van Gogh, tacked on the canvas he paints himself doing).
Gherman tells how an awkward boy grew up to become a famous illustrator. Young artists can identify with a boy who starts off sketching characters from Charles Dickens' novels (substituting J.K. Rowling of course). Still, dropping out of school at the age of fourteen to study art and begin a career that ends up capturing the heart of an entire nation mean something different a century ago when Rockwell did it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. S. KREIS on January 21, 2010
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If you are a fan of Norman Rockwell, even if you're NOT, this Book is absolutely wonderful. The work of Mr. Rockwell speaks for itself; however, you have an opportunity to find out the background on his art work. Fascinating!
Well Done!! I HAVE SO MANY accolades, it's impossible to list them all! I hope you realize just how much I enjoyed this purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Breheny on May 16, 2010
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I am a school librarian and purchased this book specifically to be used for an art presentation on Norman Rockwell. It was perfect! It has just enough biographical information, presented in an interesting format, interspersed with all the most distinctive Norman Rockwell artwork. It is inviting and easy to read for both young people and adults alike.
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Norman Rockwell was an artist in America during a time of great changes in technology, war and social reform. He beautifully captured many of these changes and the simple quiet moments in individual lives. Beverly Gherman did a wonderful job chronically describing Rockwell’s life for young readers, middle school and up. This is a lengthy picture book and would be best read independently or if aloud broken up into several periods.
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