for Georgia Rises by Kathryn Lasky and Ora Eitan
Kathryn Lasky emphasizes artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s affinity for and awareness of color, shape, and form in a picture book that imagines a day in O’Keeffe’s later life. Georgia rises early and takes a walk near her desert home. “A bone gleaming white sits pretty as angel wings just ahead… The sky is finally lavender, so pale it’s almost transparent, like the eyelids of babies. The shapes are so simple—the wings of this bone reach up for the moon.” Illustrator Ora Eitan references but doesn’t try to mimic the style of O’Keeffe’s own work, emphasizing color, with the vivid whiteness of the artist’s hair always one of the focal points of each page in this quietly captivating volume. (Ages 6–9)
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Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's own descriptive letters, awardwinning author Kathryn Lasky imagines a day in the life of this legendary artist at her Abiquiu, New Mexico, home. Before the first shades of lavender color the morning sky, Georgia rises — eager to walk the rust red hills and discover images that she will later paint: a bone glowing white, the black wings of a raven against the gray sky, a slice of silver moon. This fresh, imaginative approach, combined with Ora Eitan's spare, evocative paintings, invites readers into Georgia's world, revealing how this artist's creative process is affected by the natural world and small moments of daily life. A biographical overview of O'Keeffe's life, along with a reproduction of one of her paintings, extends this most unusual portrait of a beloved American artist.
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