Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier
An exciting picture-book biography of one of America's greatest artists and pioneers In the tradition of the highly successful Abrams title The Yellow House: Van Gogh and Gauguin Side by Side, this fascinating picture-book biography tells the story of 19th-century artist and explorer John James Audubon. Most people know that he painted The Birds of America, but many don't know what an exciting life he led: narrowly escaping an earthquake, meeting with native peoples, and witnessing flocks of passenger pigeons that literally darkened the noon-day sky. Armed with paintbrushes and canvas, Audubon searched the wild for birds and animals. And he captured many of them...on paper. Author Jennifer Armstrong used material gleaned from Audubon's own journals to tell the artist's story. Along with the illustrations by Jos. A. Smith are five of Audubon's own artworks that reveal the amazing results of the artist's dedication.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This book is a great example of how illustrations can enhance text. Comparing Armstrong's book to Robert Burleigh's Into the Wild: John James Audubon Lives His Dream, I found the illustrations in Armstrong's book to be more accurate and engaging. For instance, JJ Audubon has been said to have drawn his pictures while using a drawing tool in each of his hands. The pictures in Burleigh's book fail to maintain this accuracy, whereas Armstrong's makes a point to include this fact about Audubon. The depth of information in Armstrong's book resurrects Audubon and brings him into today's world, engaging readers in the intricate details of his life story. Needless to say, I found Armstrong's book to be a realistic take on Audubon's life and explorations. I would certainly use this book in lower grade classes if it was relevant to the current topics. I could see it being utilized effectively in a History class.
Review: Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild FrontierUser Review - Sherri Anderson - Goodreads
The opening scene of this book depicts John James Audubon on horseback, walking slowly through the woods looking for birds. The horse begins to act strangely, and an earthquake begins to shake the ... Read full review