Title: Hi, I’m Norman – The Story of American Illustrator NORMAN ROCKWELL
Author: Robert Burleigh
Illustrator: Wendell Minor
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2019
Themes: American artists, Norman Rockwell, oil paintings, artist’s biography,
Hi, I’m Norman, Norman Rockwell. Come on in.
This is my studio. Here’s he easel where I paint, and there are the paints, the brushes, my chair, and the walls hung with sketches—you name it.
I love it here. Every artist loves being in a studio. I close the door behind me and enter my own special world. Because art is my life and has been for as long as I can remember. Of course, I haven’t always had a nice studio like this one. No, not at all.
This is a first-person narrative exploring 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.
Why I like this book:
Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor have joined forces to present a stunning introduction for young people to American Illustrator, Norman Rockwell, who is best known for capturing the American spirit as a painter and illustrator in the late twentieth century.
Beginning at the front end pages and running all the way through the back, readers learn about what inspired Rockwell. Burleigh uses first person narrative and you can hear Rockwell telling his own story of growing up, including comments and the occasional question that Rockwell might have raised along the way for readers to ponder. Picture book artist and author (and art director) have picked a perfect selection of works by Rockwell to highlight his life and work.
Wendell Minor’s love for Rockwell and his work is so evident in these pages; one can see that he has spent hours studying its style and content. He has captured the essence of Rockwell’s art and his love of the artist is palpable in his watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations.
This intimate biography of an American icon, is a must-purchase for Rockwell fans and school artist biography collections.
During this #shelterathome period, the Norman Rockwell Museum is offering the virtual museum for an online experience!
The back matter includes a two-page biography about Rockwell, which fills in many gaps. Author and Illustrator Notes broaden the experience and add depth to this work. A listing of paintings by Rockwell and rendered in the book art are listed (in chronological order), a timeline of Rockwell’s life, five of Rockwell’s most outstanding works are briefly discussed, a list of resources for all ages, and some quotes from Rockwell’s biography round out the book.
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