The Iridescence of Birds
A Book About Henri Matisse
Patricia MacLachlan; illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Roaring Brook Press
If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures?
Find out in this beautiful, unusual picture book about one of the world's most famous and influential artists by acclaimed author and Newbery Medal-winning Patricia MacLachlan and innovative illustrator Hadley Hooper.
A Neal Porter Book
School Library Best Books of the Year, ALA Notable Children's Books, Booklist's Editor's Choices, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Booklist Editors' Choice, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Praise for The Iridescence of Birds
“A spacious and beautiful book, as much a lesson for adults on visual enrichment and nurturing a creative spirit as an introductory biography for children.” —The Horn Book
“*Glorious . . . Effective page turns and the accretion of detail in both text and illustration take readers on a journey.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“*The book gives off a creative energy that readers of all ages will find fulfilling . . . A poetic look at creativity, both natural and nurtured.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“*In two long, lyrical sentences, Patricia MacLachlan wonders about the early years of Henri Matisse . . . an essential, spirited picture book.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“*It's a sumptuous meditation on the way artists see and feel, one that possesses an iridescence of its own.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW