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My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter

From the time she was a young girl, Georgia O'Keeffe saw the world in her own way.

At night she climbed a ladder to the starlit sky to await the sun. She walked in the hills at daybreak and in moonlight. She gathered bones and rocks, and brought them home to paint. And she always knew what was in her heart--to be an artist.

"Winter (illustrator of Diego) takes command of the picture book format to distill the essence of artist Georgia O'Keeffe. In prose as vivid as an O'Keeffe painting, Winter traces the life of this extraordinary woman who dedicated herself from childhood to her craft." -- Publisher's Weekly

For more books about O'Keeffe's life and work, visit our Georgia O'Keeffe Collection.

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"When I was twelve years old, I knew what I wanted--to be an artist." So begins My Name Is Georgia, Jeanette Winter's lovely picture-book portrait of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. It is a portrait of a strong-minded young girl who liked to play by herself, dress differently from her sisters, and let her black hair fly when others wore braids. And it is the portrait of an artist who lived to be 98 years old, letting the world see things as she saw them through her remarkable paintings. This small book--with sparse, carefully chosen prose--traces O'Keeffe's life through her schooling in Chicago and New York, and her first trek to Texas: "And I painted the sunset and the sky and the wonderful loneliness and emptiness of the place. I painted day and night."

From there she experienced the "canyons of steel" of New York City, "where other artists lived," then it was off to the New Mexico desert. Winter does an exquisite job of reflecting an artist's creative life--how she wanted others to see flowers the way she saw them, how she painted them "BIG, so people would notice." The author's illustrations, perfect squares on white pages with the occasional cloud or bird drifting out of the lines, make this small, powerful tribute shine. --Karin Snelson

About the Author:

Jeanette Winter has written and illustrated several books for children, including Diego, written by her son Jonah and honored as a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 8
Author Jeanette Winter
ISBN 015204597X
Publication Date Mar 1, 2003
Publisher Sandpiper
Language English