Friday, February 17, 2012

Maxfield Parrish: Painter of Magical Make-Believe by Lois V. Harris

Happy Friday good reader friends,
The Queen here and today she brings you a biography about the whimsical artist Maxfield Parrish. Read about where he got his start and how his work has adorned many a homes.

I found this book interesting and enjoyed learning about how Parrish not only studied the master's but learned the most under his father's guidance. Start young, find your passion and put all your heart into it.

Happy Reading,
The Queen.

Book Title: Maxfield Parrish: Painter of Magical Make-Believe
Author: Lois V. Harris                                                                                                               

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Pelican Publishing (September 28, 2011)
Reading level: K and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: Non-fiction biography
ISBN: 978-1455614721

Book Theme:
Biography, Artist, Painters, Creativity

Book Summary - From the Inside Flap
An extraordinarily gifted artist, Maxfield Parrish helped shape the Golden Age of illustration with a career lasting more than half a century. Parrish received a university education and toured the galleries of Europe, but he said his father was his best teacher. Stephen Parrish painted with his son often and trained him to pay close attention to nature. Parrish grew up painting at an easel and visiting Europe to study the Old Masters. His imaginative style and lively colors decorated books, advertisements, candy boxes, calendars, and cards. By 1925, prints of his work hung in millions of homes all across America. This biography for children contains photographs of the artist and is illustrated with the colorful dreamlands he was known for creating.

Activity Adventures:

Maxfield Parrish's father taught him to pay close attention to nature in his art. Go outside and collect a few leaves and try to draw or paint them. Pay close attention to the leave's veins, shape and colors. Trace the shapes first with your finger, then the tip of your pencil. Now try to draw it and see how close you can get to the real thing.
Drawing takes patience and practice. The key is to notice the details and see if you can copy those things that make a leaf distinctive from other leaves. 

Explore Maxfield Parrish's works and biography.
Also check out his online gallery for pictures of his works. 

Authors Arena

Lois V. Harris is the author of three inspiring picture book biographies: Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter, Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist, a 2011 Finalist, Western Writers of America Storyteller Award, and a Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner and Maxfield Parrish: Painter of Magical Make-Believe, released September 30, 2011. Lois' fiction and nonfiction have appeared in magazines and the L.A. Times. Her work encourages children to follow their dreams, and she enjoys visiting schools and libraries to talk about the writing process in creating books and magazine articles. Lois lives with her family and two cats in Washington State. When not researching or writing, you might find her on their boat in the San Juan Islands watching for whales.
This biography was provided by the author or their representative.

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Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Gerat post, Jackie! I love the sound of this book, and I love your suggested activities. I think biographies can be so inspiring to kids - when they get a chance to see the things that people have done. Thanks for sharing this wonderful book!

Joanna said...

I loved this post too and it makes me want to look more carefully at detail when I am out walking pr gardening or whatever. Excellent activity suggestions.

Julie Hedlund said...

I'll have to check this out for my art-loving daughter!

Patricia T. said...

Great book for children and adults who love nature and art. Your suggested activities are excellent. Great adition to our PPB list!

Heather said...

Maxfield Parrish is a wonderful artist, I'm so glad you recommended this book!

Amy D said...

Sounds so interesting. My kids don't usually go for biographies, but I have one daughter who I think would love this. Thanks!

Beth Stilborn said...

This sounds excellent. Thank you!

Renee LaTulippe said...

Excellent selection! I love Mary Cassatt, so I'll have to check out that title too. :)

(P.S. Would you consider adding Name/URL to your "Comment as" options and turning off the CAPTCHA? It would make it a lot easier to comment for me and other people!)

Penny Parker Klostermann said...

This book looks beautiful. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks for letting me know it does that. I'll go check to see how to change it.

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and for your comments. It was a great book. I really enjoyed it.