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A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

The stories, paintings and early twentieth-century Paris of Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, come to life in this charming and innovative picture book biography, told in clever second-person free verse. "The next time you go to Paris," the book begins, you might explore the home where they used to live, alongside their art collection, their famous writer and artist friends and even their dog, Basket. It also describes how Gertrude's book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was not about Alice, but was more about Gertrude herself!

In playful free verse, author Evie Robillard offers a unique introduction to one of the most influential figures of twentieth-century art and literature. The story includes twelve child-friendly quotations from Stein's work, such as: "It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing." Illustrator Rachel Katstaller's fun yet detailed art delightfully evokes the time and place of the text. A celebration of creativity and the creative process, this original and very readable picture book biography champions two women who dared to live unconventional lives.

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"Through eight short chapters, each marked with a Stein quote, Robillard elliptically traces the contours of Stein’s adulthood: the portrait of her that Picasso painted, her 'word portraits' and long life beside Alice B. Toklas... and their eventual deaths.... This introduction to [Stein] and her partner charms." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Evie Robillard
Illustrator Rachel Katstaller
ISBN 1525300563
Publication Date Mar 3, 2020
Publisher Kids Can Press
Language English