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The Secret World of Walter Anderson (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children) Hardcover – September 8, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Series: Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763635839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763635831
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–6—Born in New Orleans in 1903, this naturalist/painter "…may be the most famous American artist you've never heard of." Anderson grew up on the coast of the Mississippi River. He is best known for his Horn Island watercolors. This wild, uninhabited island was his inspiration and refuge for weeks at a time—his only shelter, the rowboat he used to get there. He would climb trees and wade in the water to capture his subjects; "Art was an adventure, and Walter Anderson was an explorer, first class." While a museum in Ocean Springs, LA, eventually housed much of his art, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the family's personal collection, and Anderson's cottage was left in ruins. Through simple language and quirky details, Bass makes an eccentric, unknown subject exciting and accessible to children. A lengthy author's note includes a more detailed account of Anderson's unorthodox life as well as reproductions of his work. Lewis's watercolors, in the blues, greens, grays, and browns of nature, capture the isolated beauty and wildness of the island. Enrich units on American artists or the environment with this title.—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools END

About the Author

Hester Bass is the author of SO MANY HOUSES, illustrated by Alik Arzoumanian. She lives in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama.

E. B. Lewis is the illustrator of more than thirty books for children. Among his many honors are a Coretta Scott King Award for TALKIN' ABOUT BESSIE: THE STORY OF AVIATOR ELIZABETH COLEMAN by Nikki Grimes, as well as three Coretta Scott King Honors. He lives in Folsom, New Jersey.

More About the Author

Hester Bass grew up in a small town near Atlanta. She's been a singer in a Boston rock band, an actress/singing telegram messenger in Manhattan, and was on "The $50,000 Pyramid" with Dick Clark and "Millionaire" with Meredith Vieira. Hester's love for the work of artist Walter Anderson, and the years she spent in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, led to THE SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON, winner of the NCTE ORBIS PICTUS AWARD, the SIBA BOOK AWARD, and the MISSISSIPPI LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AUTHOR AWARD for Children's Literature. Hester offers energetic, informative, and inspiring presentations and loves to travel. Learn more at: www.hesterbass.com

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If you love art, artists, or nature, this book is for you.
Kristin Tubb
Picture book biographies can appeal to a wider age span especially with the author's note providing more information for the older reader.
Nancy McCorkle
The Secret World of Walter Anderson By: Hester Bass, Illustrated By: E.B. Lewis Orbis Pictus Award I absolutely adore this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Tubb on October 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Hester Bass masterfully brings to life artist Walter Anderson, who, as she says, may be "the most famous artist you've never heard of." Too, E.B. Lewis's watercolor illustrations are light and airy and gorgeous. This book would make a wonderful addition to any art class, especially the classes that teach that "art is an adventure." (Ms. Bass's words.) "The Secret World of Walter Anderson" is just lovely. If you love art, artists, or nature, this book is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy McCorkle on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book captured my interest from the very beginning to the last word. The story had a rhythm to it and the illustrations fit the story beautifully. Not only was it an interesting story, but the author managed to present Anderson's eccentric behaviors in such a way that they were woven into his character and did not really seem unusual. Lewis's illustrations complemented the descriptive narrative with Anderson's floppy hat and his gentle nature with animals. This book not only shares the life of a wonderful artist, but also teaches respect for our environment and shows that there is beauty in the simple things of life. Kudoes to Hester Bass and E.B. Lewis for bringing to light the talent of Walter Anderson and making his story available to children in language they can understand. Picture book biographies can appeal to a wider age span especially with the author's note providing more information for the older reader. I am delighted to have this book in my library since I am a native Mississippian and a retired teacher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Isadora on December 13, 2009
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This is a beautifully told story about a person who walked outside of the definition of what most seem to characterize as "normal" life.... Walter Anderson marched to his inner drummer and left the world a very special legacy ! This is a nicely told story that adults as well as children should enjoy reading, and I think the pictures capture the essence of the man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Candace Lee on December 8, 2010
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The only reason that I picked this certain book was because I was attracted to the cover, although this ended up being one of my favorites! The pictures are amazing and the way that the words flow with the pictures is exceptional. I was really impressed with this book; I couldn't put it down once I started it. It tells a biography in a captivating way and gets the reader interested. One of my favorite things about the book is that it taught the reader respect for our environment, the illustrations were mainly of nature and they made you realize and appreciate the simple things in life. I will definitely have this book in my library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica E. Young on September 8, 2010
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THE SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON is a beautiful book that gives a peek into this reclusive gulf coast artist's life. The gentle, evocative language and luminous pictures create a magical world where imagination and observation rule and time seems to stand still. As readers catch a glimpse of the places the artist loved to frequent and the way in which he worked, they'll picture themselves there, too, in a quiet, reflective place where their own visions can materialize.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Stevens on July 28, 2013
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I recently visited the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and became enchanted by the artist's life story. This book is a lovely, heartwarming tribute to a man whose childlike wonder and joy of the natural world was so vividly captured in his art and in the way he lived his life.
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By Lauren G. Kropf on July 24, 2013
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After going to the museum we purchased this book. It has great illustrations and reminds children and adults alike to look at nature differently.
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This would be a great read for children of all ages because it's like a hidden history lesson. It would be most appealing to children interested in art.
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