(nonfiction picture book)
written by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Bethanne Andersen
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
ISBN 978-0802852175 (Hardcover), 2005
ISBN 978-0802853677 (Paperback), 2010
As a child, shapes often drifted
in and out of Georgia’s mind.
Curved and straight,
round or square,
she studied them,
and let them disappear.
Growing up on a Wisconsin farm, Georgia began gathering all sorts of objects — sticks and stones, flowers and bones. Although she was teased for her interest in unique shapes and sizes, young Georgia declared: “Someday, I’m going to be an artist” — and that is exactly what she became.
Jen Bryant’s story of Georgia O’Keeffe celebrates the famous artist’s fascination with natural shapes, “common objects,” and her unusual way of looking at the world. Bethanne Andersen’s fluid, graceful illustrations capture the beauty of O’Keeffe’s work and spirit.
Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Books 2006
Southwest Books of the Year 2005, Tucson/Pima Public Library
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