COLORFUL DREAMER: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse

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Dial Books ISBN 978-0-8037-3758-7 Illustrated by Holly Berry.

There was once a boy named Henri, whose dreams were full of color even though his hometown was dreary and gray. His parents expected him to learn a trade when he grew up, but being a law clerk bored him, and he continued to dream of a colorful, exciting life, and of being noticed. Then Henri started painting . . . and kept painting and dreaming and working at his craft until he’d become one of the most admired and famous artists in the world.

This lyrical, visually rich picture book is more than an excellent biography; at its core, this remarkable book is an encouragement to never give up on your dreams.This inspiring and accessible picture book serves as a brilliant introduction to one artist’s vitality. The message? Like Matisse we must never stop creating and experimenting.

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REVIEWS

“Parker’s lyrical text is accessible to young children, and offers a rich look at the
artist’s life… A great introduction to the renowned artist and a validation of dreamers everywhere.” —Booklist, Starred review

“A must for art teachers, and a nice addition to history and biography collections.”
SLJ, Starred review

“Matisse’s genius was that he never stopped exploring even as he honored his intense childhood dreams of creativity, color and art.

Parker’s text is a pitch-perfect and appealing narrative, but the real star here is Berry’s art. … This inspiring and accessible picture book serves as a brilliant introduction to one artist’s vitality. The message? Like Matisse we must never stop creating and experimenting.” —KIRKUS, Starred review

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