The Year with Grandma Moses

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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.

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W.Nikola-Lisa's interest in writing began as an elementary school teacher. He isthe author of twenty-six books for readers young and old. Along with writingfor various aged readers, Mr. Nikola-Lisa writes in a variety of genresincluding historical fiction, creative nonfiction, juvenile and middle gradefiction, and memoir. Some of his titles include Bein' With You This Way, ShakeDem Halloween Bones, How We Are Smart,and The Men Who Made the Yankees. Anaccomplished storyteller and musician, Mr. Nikola-Lisa enjoys sharing hiswriting experiences whenever possible.For more information, please visit his website at nikolabooks.com.

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PreSchool-Grade 5-Scenes of laundry flapping, trees in bloom, maple sugaring, families in fields, a Christmas parlor-this is the worldview of folk-artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses. In the author's note, Nikola-Lisa writes that he was struck by the cyclical nature of her visual record and has arranged this picture book seasonally, starting with spring. Each double-page spread includes a full-color painting on the right, accompanied by the author's brief commentary. Related excerpts from Moses's memoirs are printed in sepia ovals on a cream background on the left. Her words inform older readers about the routines, pleasures, and disappointments of her childhood farm life while the author's text offers a starting point for looking at the pictures with young children. The paintings convey a quiet joy, an ever-changing light, and the beauty of nature (the artist's own brand of pointillism is quite effective at depicting snow, sheer curtains, and tiny buds). An opening color photograph of Moses at her painting table speaks volumes. Nikola-Lisa's careful selections and spare approach effectively convey the spirit of this self-taught, spirited woman. For more information, readers may consult Zibby Oneal's Grandma Moses (Puffin, 1987). It would be interesting to pair The Year with Grandma Moses with Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius (Viking, 1982).
Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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