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Grade 1–4—Browning imagines the life of an early American artist, one of the many often anonymous women who followed what was then an unconventional path, traveling from town to town as itinerant portrait painters. The first-person narrative uses old-fashioned, homespun language to describe Abiah Rose's inspirations and environment. The understated story is balanced by truly lovely art. The color range and symmetries of the acrylic and colored-pencil compositions produce a calm and friendly effect, reinforced by the characters' open faces and amiable expressions. Strong, clear, natural colors; large shapes; and an abundance of playful animals keep the procession of images from becoming static, and fans of such books as Donald Hall's Ox-Cart Man (Viking, 1979) will enjoy Browning's faithful depiction of 18th-century artifacts and architecture. It's beautiful and inspiring, but sadly lacks some examples of paintings by women from the period.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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*Starred Review* Living on a farm near the Genesee River, Abiah Rose and her three siblings do their chores and develop their talents. While Eliah whittles, Jerusha plays pianoforte, and Katherine stitches quilts, Abiah Rose makes pictures. One summer, she travels with Uncle Albion, a peddler, and sells her paintings to his customers. Repeatedly discouraged from signing her name to her pictures, instead she paints a small rose inconspicuously into each one. In the engaging first-person narrative, Abiah Rose tells of her experiences, her determination to become a painter, and her belief that someday she will be signing her paintings with her name. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American women artists were rarely encouraged or given credit for their work, as the author points out in an appended historical note (a further-reading list and glossary are also included), but readers are left to imagine Abiah Rose’s future for themselves. In Browning’s pleasing colored-pencil-and-acrylic illustrations, the formal composition and decorative elements are reminiscent of folk art, while the softer, more natural depiction of the characters is all her own. The artwork features lovely pastoral scenes peopled with characters who are both kindly and comely. Although the artwork portrays an idyllic view of an earlier time in America, the story subtly shows how women’s opportunities were limited. Handsome and endearing, this picture book is a promising debut for Browning. Grades 1-3. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582463115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582463117
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Almost as soon as I could sit upright I joined my sisters at a table where we each had our own stack of paper and crayons and where we could draw to our hearts' content. I won my first art contest at age six and my first writing award not long after.

Moving from Dallas to Hollywood, I enrolled at Art Center College of Design. I studied art in Europe and children's book illustration with Uri Schulevitz in New York. I worked in advertising and design and won awards for my paintings. Along the way I taught drawing and painting to children.

I am a long-time member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I live in Southern California with my sister....and stacks of art paper.


I have .......

Graduated from Hollywood High - at the Hollywood Bowl
Crossed the Atlantic four times on a coal-carrying freighter
Lived in Europe
Studied art in a WW II bunker on the coast of Italy (after the war!)
Survived a train derailment, and a ship collision
A painting in a museum in Russia
Designed clothing for a Los Angeles boutique
Owned a boutique in a circa-1900 log-cabin-former-post-office
Painted commissioned ceiling murals (involved scaffolding and a chiropractor)

I love .......

Books about everything
Travel anywhere
Photography
Irish music
Movies - new movies, old movies, foreign movies
All cats!

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A young woman recalls her love of drawing already as a small child, when she would create pictures on any convenient surface using whatever materials she could find. When it became clear that she had talent, her parents supplied her with paints and canvas, but they discouraged her from signing her paintings. At the time, women were not considered "serious" painters, and she would be viewed as prideful if she signed her name to her work.

This young woman went on to paint fine portraits for people across the countryside when she traveled with her uncle, a peddler with a colorful wagon filled with useful wares for sale. She earned good money and much praise, each time marking her work with a tiny rose instead of her name. Yet she dreamed of a more secure future, one in which she could sign her pieces and sell her work in a shop, remaining anonymous no longer.

Based on an extended period in American history when folk artists traveled for miles to sell their artwork, this book adds life to the widely-held belief that many of these early unsigned portraits were painted by women. Illustrations seeped in folk art add to the historical ambiance, while the subtle text provides a powerful reminder that women's subservient status during this period could even rob them of their names.
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Despite prevailing attitudes towards women in the 18th and 19th centuries, Abiah Rose perseveres in her conviction that art exists above any category that society can impose on it.

With rich, folk art-inspired illustrations, author/illustrator Diane Browning crafts a fictional account of the likely history of many anonymous female artists from early America.

Conforming to social norms of the day, members of Abiah's family dissuade her from signing her own work. "Best not, Abiah Rose," they would tell her, "Serious painting is not girl's work." Instead, Abiah signs all of her work secretly, with a hidden rose on each canvas.

Guided only by her passion for painting, Abiah does everything she can within the constraints of her society to nuture her artist's spirit and take charge of her creative life. With sheer determination, Abiah sets a course for her life's path. The destination is the day she can write the following words, "Signed, Abiah Rose," upon the work of her own hands.

Whether or not Abiah, or others like her, ever arrived at that place of acceptance remains unknown. The fact does remain, however, that they helped make it easier for the rest of us to do so.
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I was charmed by both the story and the illustrations of, Signed, Abiah Rose. Set in the 1800s, it's the story of a young American girl who finds a graceful way to pursue her artistic goals. Writer and illustrator, Diane Browning, captures the essence of the times in both the style of her language and the delicate details of her varied and evocative compositions. Above all, I enjoyed the subtle way her character, Abiah Rose, finds a clever way to assert herself and realize her dream.
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My mother is a historical novelist who focuses on women so imagine my delight when I found a picture book doing the same! There are so many bad influences for our daughters out there that it is refreshing to have positive ones like this book. Girls need to know that they can be confident and that their work matters. I'm really grateful that I found this book. So beautiful.
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I was first drawn to this book by its title and was delighted to find it has both wonderful writing and beautiful illustrations. The gracious narrator evokes the America of pioneer days with the language of the time but her story's message of perseverance is timeless. I recommend it highly for its historical setting and its literary and artistic merits, for all ages.
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