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Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

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Louise Bourgeois (1911 - 2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone, and cast rubber. Her most famous spider sculpture, Maman, stands more than 30 feet high.

Just as spiders spin and repair their webs, Louise's own mother was a weaver of tapestries. Louise spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois' childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works. With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.

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"Novesky makes excellent use of simile ('Her family lived in a big house on the water that wove like a wool thread through everything.') and alliteration ('She taught her about the warp and the weft and how to weave.'). Bourgeois's mother is also compared to a spider—'a repairer of broken things'....An inventive introduction to the work of a celebrated artist and a useful mentor text for exploring how language and imaginative, varied illustrations can work together to convey an idea." — Myra Zarnowski, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Amy Novesky
Illustrator Isabelle Arsenault
ISBN 1419718819
Publication Date Mar 1, 2016
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
Language English