By: Margarita Engle
Illustrated by: Aliona Bereghici
Publisher: Two Lions
Summary from Amazon Page:
Louis loves to watch birds. He takes care of injured birds and studies how they look and how they move. His father wants him to become an engineer, but Louis dreams of being a bird artist. To achieve this dream, he must practice, practice, practice. He learns from the art of John James Audubon. But as Louis grows up, he begins to draw and paint living, flying birds in their natural habitats.
Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874–1927) is now known as the father of modern bird art. He traveled with many scientific expeditions all over the world. His best-known works—paintings for habitat exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History in New York—are still beloved by visitors today. His art helped to encourage wildlife conservation, inspiring people to celebrate and protect the world of wings.
Poems by Newbery Honor–winning author Margarita Engle and illustrations by Aliona Bereghici capture the life of Louis Fuertes and the deep sense of wonder that he felt when he painted the sky.
“The Sky Painter” was free at the time this blog post was posted.
Four out of Five stars and 3 D’s for Definitely Delights Delilah.
This is quite possibly one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read. It is a biography told in a series of poems in the first person. I quite enjoyed reading through the story as it felt like it was being told directly by the subject of the story. The art is lovely, though not quite as amazing (in my personal opinion) as the artwork of the man who the book is about, yet it is still engaging and beautiful. I think that this will make an excellent book for young children who are fascinated with art, birds, or even wildlife in general.
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