Grant Wood believed that to be a real artist, he had to live in Paris. But once he got there, he realized that to be a great painter he needed to return to the people and places—and even animals—that he knew and loved the best.
Inspired by the life of artist Grant Wood, this is the sensitively imagined story of the great American painter and a cow named Tillie. Skillfully mixing fact with fiction, Monica Kulling’s text explores the making of an artist, while Sydney Smith’s illustrations echo Grant Wood’s own techniques. The result is a gently wise picture book that will encourage young readers and artists to trust the love that is sometimes only found close to home.
Includes an author’s note that provides biographical information about Grant Wood.
The tender message to draw inspiration from the things you love still holds true in this mixture of fact and fiction.
This fanciful story represents the power of friendship and the role of the familiar in the creative process.
A heartfelt, visually pleasing, and informative read inspired by an artist’s love for his home.
Using watercolours, ink, and a toothbrush, illustrator Sydney Smith mimics Grant’s style, bringing Kulling’s story of friendship, home, and ambition to life with an understated softness.
One of the best children's books written on the story of painting. Highly recommended.