Henri Matisse by Jane O'Connor
Drawing with Scissors (Smart About Art)

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Keesia and Henri Matisse have the same birthday—New Year’s Eve! That’s why she picks him for her artist report. She finds out that over his long career Matisse made paintings, sculpture, books, costumes, and her favorite—his cut-outs, or what Matisse called “drawing with scissors.” The report is filled with about 20 of Matisse’s masterpieces as well as artwork that Keesia has created in his “style” (cut-out leaves, drawings through windows, fauvist animals). As she follows Matisse through his life she discovers why he is considered one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century.

About Jane O'Connor

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Jane O'Connor was born in New York City in 1947. She received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Smith College in 1969. In 1971, she began her publishing career by working in the editorial department of Hastings House Publishers. From 1977 to 1983, she was an editor at Scholastic, Inc.; then she moved to Random House, where she became editor-in-chief of children's books. In 1989, she moved to Grosset and Dunlap. Her first novel, Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby, was published in 1979. Since then she has written more than 30 children's books including the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, the Fancy Nancy series and the adult novels Dangerous Admissions and Almost True Confessions. She has won numerous awards including the New York Academy of Sciences Honor book in 1981 for Magic in the Movies: The Story of Special Effects, with Katy Hall; Golden Sower Award, Nebraska Library Association in 1982 for Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby; and the Quill Award for Best Picture Book in 2007 for Fancy Nancy. She is vice-president and editor-at-large for Penguin Books for Young Readers. JESSIE HARTLAND is the author and illustrator of "Clementine in the City" and the illustrator of "The Perfect Puppy for Me" and "Drawing with ""S""cissors," both by Jane O'Connor. She designs ceramics, windows, and lots of other wonderful things. Jessie got the idea for "Night ""S""hift" when she was decorating windows at Barney's many moons ago. She lives with her family in New York City and Bellport, Long Island. www.jessiehartland.com
Published March 18, 2002 by Grosset & Dunlap. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Crafts, Hobbies & Home.

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