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I Am Marc Chagall (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers) Hardcover – January 1, 2006
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He was born in Vitebsk, a small Russian farming town within a Jewish community. A creative inquisitive kid, Marc Chagall professed a love of art very early in his life. When an art teacher proclaimed that he did have talent, Chagall was delighted. He attended art schools, painted like no one else, and always had his lovely Bella at his side. Then it was off to Paris to make a name for himself, and from then on Chagall's life was a blur. He came back to Russia to teach painting to the children and chafed under political scrutiny. Just in time he and his family sailed for America just as the Second World War broke out in Europe. Says the book, "During the journey I wondered if the silent stars above could already see my future: my life in America; my return to France after the war; the museum of my paintings in Nice; my stained glass in Jerusalem, Chicago, New York; my mosaics...Read more ›
Capturing the essence of Marc Chagall as he grew up Jewish in Russia and his deep seated insights visually and emotionally into what is going on in his world and that of his village, the foundation is laid for the later years of Marc Chagall the Artist. His style was Expressionism and Cubism - both of which are very abstract.
I found this children's picture book biography very interesting to read and can readily recommend it to home schoolers, classroom libraries (especially art collections), school libraries, and public libraries. It is good to learn about artists and how they grew up and what shaped them for their later works.
The author and illustrator, Bimba Landmann, utilizes a mixed collage of materials to illustrate the book rendering a three dimensional effect to the illustrations. They are not Marc Chagall's work, though they essentially capture a Chagall atmosphere.
There is a nice "The Life of Marc Chagall" section at the back of the book listing by year events in his life and his involvement.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishign Co. to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
But in the imagination department, this book will blow you away.
Bimba Landmann illustrated this book with found-object collages that DO NOT duplicate Chagall's work, but still manage to evoke that Chagall quality. That other-worldliness. That life-is-beautiful-and-surprising character of Chagall's art. Her illustrations are exactly right for this book.
The text is good -- especially if you are looking to relate this book to a child who seems to try a lot of things without finding something that "clicks" for them. The book does a great job of describing how Chagall was surprised by his success and popularity. And it also discusses war and the dread and sorrow of it.
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Great book with wonderful illustrations. A great way to notice young children to art and artists. Highly recommend to kids 4-9Published on July 15, 2013 by Alice B.
This picture book biography is loosely based on Marc Chagall's autobiography My Life. Beginning with his childhood in a small Russian farming town, Landmann details his early... Read morePublished on January 27, 2007 by Rachel Kamin