The Year with Grandma Moses by W. Nikola-Lisa

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A unique introduction to an important American Artist.

When Grandma Moses looks out her window,
she sees a world of spotted cows,
a world of thunderstorms, rain-drenched fields,
and hand-washed laundry flapping in the wind.

This stunning picture book introduces children of all ages to the work of legendary artist Grandma Moses. Beginning in the spring -- full of thunderstorms and scenes of laundry flapping in the wind -- Nikola-Lisa's lyrical text captures the seasons on a farm and highlights the simple yet wonderful moments depicted in Grandma Moses's folk art paintings. The experience is made all the more intimate by Grandma Moses's journal excerpts, which give readers a first-hand look at what inspired the artist.

With its paintings and descriptions of hay rides in the fall, ice-skating in winter, and flower-gathering in the spring and summer, The Year with Grandma Moses celebrates an important American artist and shares her special world with others.

When Grandma Moses (born Anna Mary Robertson) was in her seventies, her paintings were discovered by a New York art collector. By her 100th birthday, Grandma Moses had become one of the most well-known and beloved artists of her time. She died in 1961 at the age of 101.
 

About W. Nikola-Lisa

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W. Nikola-Lisa, a professor of education at National-Louis University in Illinois, is the author of numerous picture books, including One Hole in the Road. He lives with his family in Chicago, Illinois.
 
Published October 15, 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Over 60 years ago, an amateur art collector, Louis Caldor, saw some paintings displayed in the window of a drugstore in upstate New York.

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Elaborating on each month's round of tasks, Nikola-Lisa's (Storm) succinct but informative prose provides an excellent introduction to rural life in the Middle Ages, giving readers a realistic, if slightly sanitized, view of the rigors of peasant life in a feudal society where the lord of the man...

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He starts out describing Moses's world objectively (""When Grandma Moses looks out her window, she sees a world of spotted cows, and rolling hills, and white picket fences""), then abruptly gives the narrator a role in the goings-on (""With Christmas around the corner,/ we'll have lots of fun out...

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From hay rides in the fall to spring flowers and "hand-washed laundry flapping in the wind," this book is full of images you won't soon forget.

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