Simple poetry and radiant oil paintings celebrate the joys of the changing seasons. A month-by-month introduction to the natural world that reflects a child's sense of wonder and delight.
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Todd taught illustration at the American Academy of Art from 1984 through 1987, and he continues to give workshops in illustration. His first children's book, The Stone Lion, by Alan Schroeder (Scribners), was published in 1994. Since then, he has illustrated books about such diverse subjects as the Sleeping Beauty ballet, a Native American powwow, and a fatherand-son fishing trip.
Whenever possible, Todd likes to get Firsthand reference for his paintings. He spent several days at the Nanticoke powwow, observing and taking photographs to create the paintings for Red Bird by Barbara Mitchell. Gathering materials for his most recent book, January Rides the Wind: A Book of Months by Charlotte F. Otten, was particularly fun for him. "I got to spend time, lots of time, with these great kids I know, including my sons, Reid and Jesse. And there's a special energy--a vitality-that seems to transfer to the art when you've witnessed the scene yourself. There's nothing like it!"In His Own Words..."I was born in Chicago and grew up in the near north suburbs. I can't remember when I started drawing, but it was early. In fact, I won a drawing contest at the age of three. I don't remember what I drew (I was told later that it was Casper the Friendly Ghost and his family), but I do remember the first-place prize, which was a rocking horse.
"Growing up, my two loves were art and sports. So after deciding not to pursue a career as a professional baseball player, I decided to go to art college. The fact that I didn't receive any scholarships to play baseball hastened my decision. The art college of my choice was the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Under the guidance of some of the most talented artists in Chicago, I decided to become an Illustrator.
"After graduating in 1982, I obtained my first commission, a football illustration for a major monthly magazine. I have been working as an illustrator ever since."From Kirkus Reviews:
Otten's first children's book offers one vivid short poem for every month of the year: ``February turns everything to gray,'' ``June measures time until the longest day becomes the shortest night,'' and ``September squeezes what is left of summer into night-cool cider,'' etc. Doney's gorgeous, impressionistic paintings combine perfectly with the simple resplendence of Otten's poems, using light and shadow to draw readers into the shade of a willow in April, to the apple-blossom snow of May, and to the baked heat of a July afternoon. Text and art connect seasonal images with nature, people, animals, and home, finally bringing the children seen in the paintings inside for a firelight reading of the same book readers are holding. A splendid walk through the months. (Picture book. 4-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción HarperCollins, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0688125565
Descripción HarperCollins, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110688125565
Descripción HarperCollins, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0688125565
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