Little People, BIG DREAMS Georgia O’Keeffe

Written by: Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Illustrated by: Erica Salcedo

For Ages: 4-10 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Historical Figures, Historical Events, Women Artists, Trailblazers, Self-Expression.

Summary: Georgia grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, and loved nature.  She loved looking at the world around her, and painting!  She started taking art classes and moved to Chicago and New York to continue studying art when she was an adult.  Georgia noticed that other people seemed to ignore the small beautiful parts of nature all around them, so she decided to paint those parts giant, up close, and brightly colored!  She visited New Mexico and loved everything there, painting all sorts of objects she saw in the desert.  Georgia became well-known and was even named the “Mother of American Modernism”!

This book is perfect for an introduction to famous figures for children.  In the back is a timeline of Georgia’s life, and more information along with some photos of her.  This book series does a fantastic job of introducing trailblazing women to children, specifically young girls!  Written in a way that is great for a story time with young children, and easy to read for elementary aged students.

Reflection Questions:

  • Who is your favorite artist?
  • What do you like about their art?
  • Have you ever been to an art museum before?  Maybe you’ve seen some of Georgia’s paintings!
  • Do you like to make art?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Look at some of Georgia’s paintings.  What do you notice about them?  Can you tell what they’re up close paintings of?
  • Take a trip to an art museum, or find one that does a virtual tour if you’re unable to go in person.  What types of art do they have there, and do you see anything that catches you eye the way nature caught Georgia’s?  Look at several virtual tours from different museums around the world, and become inspired to make your own art!
  • Explore different mediums of art.  Some artists paint, some sculpt, and some take photographs.  Try several and see if you fall in love with a particular style!

About the Author & the Illustrator:

maria-isabel-sanchez-vegaraMª Isabel Sanchez Vegara was born in Barcelona, Spain, and she is a writer and creative director perhaps best known as the author of much of the Little People, Big Dreams series. Six years ago, she decided to self-publish a book that had been in her mind for a long time. One day, one thousand copies of arrived at her home – she had no idea what she was going to do with them! She opened a little online shop, placed them to some pretty stores in her neighborhood and, one by one, she sold them all. Soon, publishing houses started to approach her to write books, but she was working on another idea of her own: a series about little people with BIG dreams. Each book tells the childhood story of one of the world’s female icons in an entertaining, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, allowing them to identify with the characters in each story.

EricaSalcedo_CTFDIllustrator

Erica Salcedo is a freelance illustrator living in the peaceful town of Cuenca (Spain) where she was born in 1983. After studying Fine Arts in Castilla-La Mancha University, she specialized in graphic design and Illustration, doing a masters degree at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Her work is focused on children’s illustration. Her illustrations are inspired by her everyday life, and her imagination does the rest. Her style is a mixture of hand drawing with digital techniques, simply executed with a pinch of humor. She loves drawing (obviously), traveling, animals, drinking tea every day, eating sweets, and not taking life too seriously. But especially, she loves to work in diverse and creative projects. Since she started her illustration career, she has had the pleasure to work with a lot of great clients, creating picture books, illustrating young novel books, designing greeting cards, illustrations for stationary, making comic or educational books among others.

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