“An inviting and admiring introduction to an important American artist.” —Kirkus Reviews
From award-winning author Robert Burleigh comes a striking, intimate picture book biography about an American icon—beloved artist Norman Rockwell.
Norman Rockwell is best known for capturing the American spirit as a painter and illustrator in the late twentieth century. This beautifully illustrated, first-person narrative explores Rockwell’s life in episodes based on important moments in American history. Norman Rockwell is not only a great American artist, but he also successfully chronicled two generations of American life, making him one of the most beloved and well-known American artists of all time.
Robert Burleigh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn, illustrated by Barry Blitt; Night Flight, illustrated by Wendell Minor; Black Whiteness, illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop; and Sylvia’s Bookshop, illustrated by Katy Wu. His many other books include Hoops; Stealing Home; and Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! He lives in Michigan.
Wendell Minor has illustrated dozens of picture books, and his work has won countless awards and is in permanent collections of such institutions as the Museum of American Illustration and the Library of Congress. His cover illustrations have graced some of the most significant novels of our time by authors such as Toni Morrison, David McCullough, and James Michener. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. Visit him online at MinorArt.com.
The iconic American illustrator welcomes readers into his home and life."Hi, I'm Norman. Norman Rockwell. Come on in." The creator of over 320 covers for the Saturday Evening Post speaks directly to readers, inviting them into his studio and on to a tour of other studios in his life—his dining room when he was young, neighborhood streets, classroom blackboards, and art school. He tells how he sold his first works, how he got his ideas, and how he used models—adult, child, and even a turkey! Rockwell is known for painting the "ideal aspects" of life, "life like I'd like it to be," he said, and he received criticism for being old-fashioned and nostalgic, but Burleigh's Rockwell claims he did change to face the times he lived in. During World War II, he painted his iconic series "The Four Freedoms," based on President Franklin Roosevelt's famous speech. And after Ruby Bridges integrated an all-white public school in the 1960s, Rockwell painted the famous, enigmatically titled The Problem We All Live With. Minor uses watercolor, gouache, and pencil to effectively render many of Rockwell's sketches and paintings and, except for Ruby Bridges, Rockwell's all-white world.An inviting and admiring introduction to an important American artist. (further biography, author's note, illustrator's note, list of paintings rendered, timeline, reproductions) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)