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Henri's Scissors Hardcover – Picture Book, August 27, 2013
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* "Simple, folk-style paintings show Matisse in a wheelchair in a studio amid his collages; in a quiet visual cue, a plant with oversize leaves suggests inspiration for their big, organic shapes. He continues to create until his death, another moment Winter handles gracefully…. Old age can be fertile and useful, Winter implies; disability doesn’t mean the end of creating, and triumph is possible where only sadness could have been foreseen. All of these messages lie obliquely in the text, but even readers who don’t dig that deep will share Matisse’s joy." ― Publishers Weekly, May 27, 2013, *STARRED REVIEW
“Winter captures the joy that Matisse found in cut paper, both through her acrylic and cut-paper illustrations and through quotes from his letters. The images are evocative of his art, with bright colors and rounded shapes…. The author addresses his death with a light touch…. Libraries with demand for picture-book biographies and art history will want to add this well-done title to their collections.” ― School Library Journal, June 1, 2013
"In her latest picture book biography...Winter focuses on Henri Matisse’s later life, during which the painter took up collage.... With text that is straightforward and unflowery, Winter relies, successfully, on the strength of her own art to capture the essence of Matisse’s. A brief author’s note explains her specific interest in this portion of the artist’s oeuvre." ― Horn Book Magazine, September-October 2013
"In her extensive picture-book–biography oeuvre, Winter has proven to be particularly attuned to selecting the just-right elements of her subjects’ complex lives while making them both accessible to and readily understood by young children.... Winter both describes and employs Matisse’s signature, late-career technique of brilliantly colored, hand-painted, cut-paper compositions. She enlivens the simple text with liberal yet judicious quotes from Matisse’s letters and comments from contemporaries. This is a beautifully designed book that will certainly connect with readers...the book is a charming introduction to a widely reproduced, child-friendly artist, one that children will assuredly encounter and affirmingly embrace." ― Kirkus Reviews, June 2013
“In ‘Henri’s Scissors,’ Jeanette Winter rushes through the story of Henri Matisse’s childhood, but no worries: it’s his second (far more interesting) childhood that fascinates her. After becoming one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, whose only peer, it could be argued, was the aggressively prolific Picasso, Matisse has grown old. Now infirm and confined to bed, he reflects on his past triumphs in a room colored in the deepest blues and purples. But inspiration strikes, and using a pair of common household scissors as his magic wand, Matisse cuts shapes out of brightly colored paper and transforms his sick-room into a mystical garden full of flowers and birds. Then, in the final and greatest feat of his career as artist-sorcerer, ‘the rainbow of shapes cradled the old artist and carried him into the heavens.’” -- Dan Yaccarino ― The New York Times Book Review, August 25 2013
"The accessibility of cut paper makes it a particularly child-appealing medium, and Matisse is certainly the grand master of the art, so audiences will be pleased to see the championing of this oeuvre...the art is strong and vigorous, with a hat-tip to Matisse himself in the form of the open window (a famous Matisse subject) that allows the old man to view the sea; the playfulness and imaginative employment of actual Matisse collage shapes effectively convey the way art and life vision can blend together." ― The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, October 2013
"The young reader gets a taste of Matisse’s art and a flavor of his creativity in the late period of his life.... Share this picture book biography with the art teacher. Incorporate the title in a story hour about imagination, color, or the beginnings of modern art." ― Library Media Connection, January/February 2014
- Publisher : Beach Lane Books; Illustrated edition (August 27, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1442464844
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442464841
- Reading age : 5 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD510L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 9 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It’s definitely not a fun or exciting story line better for older children not PRE K. Otherwise it’s a great book to reference for in class art projects
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So the famous artist continued to work prodigiously, joyfully until the end of his days. What lessons there are for young ones in his story! Outlets for creativity may be found anywhere. When one door is closed, find another and open it. May all learn from his example."
I second that motion, Gail.
Just the job for our four year old who is heavily into: 1.scissors and 2.paper.
We were lucky to have an exhibition in our local gallery in Gosport a few months ago and now the Tate - so wow.
But this book will be a little treasure for the younger members of the family for some time to come.
Quiet all the way though the story