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How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird Hardcover – December 10, 2007
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With irresistible wit, this makes its point that, with dedication, art and creativity are infinitely renewable.
This petite, elegant picture book, featuring Gerstein's translation of a 1949 poem by French surrealist Prévert, delivers a mind-stretching allegory of artistic creation.
About the Author
Jacques Prevert (1900-1977) was a French poet and screenwriter.
Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children's books from the library: "I looked at Rembrandt and Superman, Matisse and Bugs Bunny, and began to make my own pictures."
He attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and then got a job in an animated cartoon studio that sent him to New York, where he designed characters and thought up ideas for TV commercials. When a writer named Elizabeth Levy asked him to illustrate a humorous mystery story about two girls and a dog, his book career began, and soon he moved on to writing as well as illustrating. "I'm still surprised to be an author," he says. "I wonder what I'll write next?" Gerstein lives in Westhampton, Massachusetts.
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I bought this for myself, not for a child. It sits on my coffee table, and I delight in it.
This is a quiet tale, with spare language, beginning and ending with wordless pages. Be forewarned that some children will find it a little too quiet.
To draw a bird, one must first draw a cage. With an open door. And some pretty things to attract the bird. My daughter enjoyed examining the illustrations for the items the boy painted onto his canvas. As the boy ventured outside, the book suggested the best place for him to find a bird.
As often happens with five year-olds, we paused reading and began discussing the best place to find a bird near our home. I always welcome conversations prompted by books and other parents may appreciate the thought-provoking nature of this story.
The book teaches patience, as a bird can take a very long time to visit the cage. Once the bird appears, it is then best to erase the cage and paint him a lovely tree. But will the bird sing? You'll have to read the book to find out.
The fine lines of the illustrations are balanced by bold, vibrant colors, especially in the final nature scenes. By the end, readers are taught a gentle lesson about the beauty and wonder of nature and how to appreciate it. But this is a very mature perspective. My daughter simply looks forward to painting a portrait of a bird just as this poetic book suggests.
When I read this to my 4 1/2-yr old, she was fascinated in the story. It speaks about having a goal, patience, the seasons, and respect for the natural progression of things. I rarely recommend books very highly, but this one is a must read.