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Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois Hardcover – Picture Book, March 1, 2016
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"With evocative, gorgeous illustrations and an inspirational story of an artist not often covered in children’s literature, this arresting volume is an excellent addition to nonfiction picture book collections, particularly those lacking titles about women artists."
"The evocative, hand-lettered text, peppered with quotations in red ink, provides an impressionistic portrait of the memories, colors, sounds, and images propelling Louise's art. These motifs connect the imaginative ink, pencil, pastel, and watercolor illustrations, done in a palette of indigo, red, and gray. Bold, repetitive patterns of stylized flowers, woven crosshatches, spirals, giant spiders, and musical notes form the perfect background for the cloth lullaby Louise weaves for herself. Splendid visual and verbal introduction to little-known artist Louise Bourgeois."
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419718819
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419718816
- Reading age : 5 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : AD1000L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 2
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.38 x 0.5 x 11.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her artistic production is one long art therapy session. Filled with angst and provocative images. Obsessed with anger, resentment, fear, retribution, gender difficulties, fleeing the Holocaust, death of sibling, on and on. I agree with the other two-star review. Her ingenious use of cloth and loving use of her own clothing in later years stands above any fiber art that I construct. BUT.... she's something to take in very small doses.
This book invites perusal by all ages -- somewhere a few pages in it loses a sense of wonder through dense, crowded images somewhat irrelevant to the life of this artist. That's why I feel snookered. Kind of bewildered and slimed.
Maybe view in the library first and/or buy a grown up version of her life if it's information, inspiration you desire.
The Fabric Works is a much better source. More expensive but accurate. You could sit with a child and turn those pages together? Grow into the book together so that by the time it's a teenager next to you? The book itself is a good friend for life.