Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because tomorrow we are going on vacation to New Mexico and I wanted to find a New Mexico related book. I found a lot of cool books having to do with New Mexico, but I choose “My Name is Georgia” because I thought it was “perfect” Georgia O’Keeffe wasn’t born in New Mexico but she loved it there and painted the things she saw there. She moved to New Mexico in 1949 and lived there until 1984 when she died at 98 years old! Because I am going away I won’t be posting for a week but I will catch up when I get back!
by Jeanette Winter
48 pages, ages 6+
Published by Sandpiper (Reprint edition) on March 1, 2003
Theme/Topic – Art/Biography/Non-fiction
Opening and Synopsis – “When I was twelve years old, I knew what I wanted – to be an artist.”
Georgia sees the world differently. She drew things BIG so people could see how she saw things. She painted everything, statues, skies, flowers, bones, and the Earth. She loved to paint. She did it until she died at the age of 98. Now, her paintings are known all over the world, and through them, we can see what she saw.
Why I liked this book – First of all, it has wonderful, I repeat, WONDERFUL, illustrations. Second, I like that it is nonfiction and about an artist I really liked learning about. It is written in the first person of Georgia. I like that. It is unique. I like all the drawings of what she actually painted (cartoon-y versions of her paintings). That was cool. I recommend this book to kids 6+.
Activities and Resources –
I think a good activity is to go outside and paint, draw, color the things you see. Maybe a parent and kid can paint the same thing (like a tree or flower) and then you can talk about how different your paintings are because you see things differently!
I found a bunch of Georgia O’Keeffe activities for parents, teachers and kids on Brain Pop Jr. Click HERE to go to it!
This is a pretty cool video that has Ms. O’Keeffe talking about what she sees in the things she paints.