The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel

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Henri Rousseau wanted to be an artist. But he had no formal training. Instead, he taught himself to paint. He painted until the jungles and animals and distant lands in his head came alive on the space of his canvases.

Henri Rousseau endured the harsh critics of his day and created the brilliant paintings that now hang in museums around the world. Michelle Markel's vivid text, complemented by the vibrant illustrations of Amanda Hall, artfully introduces young readers to the beloved painter and encourages all readers to persevere despite all odds.

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About Michelle Markel

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Michelle Markel is the author of many children's books, including The Shark That Taught Me English (Lectura Books), Dreamer from the Village (Henry Holt), and Dream Town (Heyday Books). Michelle lives in California. Visit her website at www.michellemarkel.com.Amanda Hall has illustrated many books for children including Classic Aesop's Fables, Day by Day Prayers, Day by Day Bible (all Lion Hudson), Prince of the Birds (Frances Lincoln), and The Stolen Sun (Eerdmans). Amanda lives in England. Visit her website at www.amandahall-illustration.com.
 
Published June 11, 2012 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 34 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Arts & Photography.

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A charming, affecting picture-book life of France's most celebrated naive painter—Henri Rousseau.

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But he buys some canvas, paint, and brushes, and starts painting anyway.” Markel’s account of Rousseau’s humility and amateur passion for art strikes just the right tone—it’s jaunty, confiding, and affectionate.

Jun 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Fantastic Jungles of Henr...

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