An introduction to an artist who has been called the most accomplished flower painter follows his small-village, underprivileged youth and his services under Queen Marie Antoinette and the Empress Josephine.
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Carolyn Croll's visit to an exhibition of botanical art at a Philadelphia museum led to the creation of Redoute: The Man Who Painted Flowers. "My abiding interest in history, travel, and the decorative arts made gathering research and working on this book a great labor of love for me."
Ms. Croll is the author and illustrator of almost twenty books, including The Little Snowgirl and The Three Brothers. She lives in Philadelphia.
Grade 3-5?A charming picture-book biography that includes a good dose of French history as well. Croll creates an exciting tale, following Redoute from his Belgian childhood, to Paris during the revolution, to the deathbed of Empress Josephine. However, the fictionalized feelings and dialogue are jarring, and the narrative flow is marred when the story moves abruptly from Redoute's first success to his sudden marriage. French words and names will challenge some readers despite the glossary and pronunciation guide. The design is appealing and effective, although the book's appearance seems a bit young for those who will be able to read it independently. Short text blocks are placed below half-page vignettes that face full-page illustrations. Richly colored and detailed, the well-placed drawings capture the action and drama of the story with stylized figures in period dress. Flowers find their way into Croll's work, including her own rendition of Redoute's paintings. Unfortunately, to see the real thing, readers must look elsewhere. This quick and interesting book is a good choice for libraries in which interest in art is high.?Paula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
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