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American Gothic: The Life of Grant Wood Hardcover – September 5, 2017

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K-Gr 3—From humble beginnings sketching corn fields in rural Iowa, overall-clad Grant Wood traversed Europe in search of artistic inspiration only to find it back home in the Depression-era American Midwest. The immense success of American Gothic heralded the style of Regionalism and showcased the hardworking residents of the heartland. Wood's narrative reads like a treasured story about an admired family member. Expertly matched with MacDonald's light-infused illustrations, the retro comic art style and vintage typeface capture the connection between the heart of Grant Wood and the landscapes (and people) that he loved. Designed to be read aloud and enjoyed by all ages, a gentle nudge to follow one's own creative instincts emerges from the straightforward text. Author's notes include photographs, anecdotes, and a time line of the artist's short life. VERDICT An introduction to the artist, the movement, and the famous painting, this book illuminates and exalts the U.S. artist who followed his heart and drew what he knew best. Enjoyable as it is informative, it is a fine purchase for all elementary school libraries.—Jane Miller, Nashville Public Library

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"Young readers are treated to a crash course in modern art while witnessing Wood's evolution as an artist. A sunny palette of yellows, greens, and browns is perfect for Wood's regionalist art and the inspirational tone of the volume."
(Kirkus)

"MacDonald’s watercolor illustrations show the diligent, bespectacled painter, always clad in denim overalls, looking at art, painting at an easel, and gazing at the rolling Iowa fields he loved so much, and he nicely mimics the bright colors and naturalistic lines of Grant Wood’s own paintings."

(Booklist)

"An introduction to the artist, the movement, and the famous painting, this book illuminates and exalts the U.S. artist who followed his heart and drew what he knew best...Designed to be read aloud and enjoyed by all ages."
(School Library Journal)

**STARRED REVIEW**
"MacDonald’s illustrations are, as usual, a celebration of America’s yesteryears, and are ideally suited to the rural, regional focus that Wood brought to his art...an inspiring study of an artist who learned to find beauty, truth, and inspiration in the people and landscape of his home."
(Publishers Weekly)

"Susan Wood addresses head-on some of the debates and myths surrounding the cryptic figures of the iconic pitchfork and its dour owners...MacDonald is an ideal choice for illustrator, with his signature retro style and saturated colors."
(Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

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