|Breaking waves : Winslow Homer paints the sea|
Author: Burleigh, Robert
A picture book about painter Winslow Homer's fascination with waves and the ocean.
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Kirkus Reviews (05/15/21)
School Library Journal (+) (05/01/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/21)
The Hornbook (00/05/21)
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School Library Journal - 05/01/2021 Gr 3–6—This stunning work of literary nonfiction follows a year in the life and process of American painter Winslow Homer (1836–1910). The pacing of this book centers on the four seasons, beginning with winter, and describes how the sea and Homer shift and change through the year. Homer paints and paints, trying to capture the essence and movement of the sea, often coming close, but persevering nonetheless. Each season begins with a bold, poetic stanza which introduces the ideas and feelings the next section will evoke. The watercolor and pencil illustrations are beautiful and capture the different feelings the sea can conjure. The images are at times calm and peaceful and at times thrilling and dangerous. These illustrations are reason enough to add this book to collections but, in addition to the gorgeous visuals, this work is rich with sensory language. These details both enhance the experience of reading the book and can be applied and analyzed in language arts instruction of sensory language. Back matter includes photographs of Homer and his work as well as maps and more traditional biographical information. VERDICT A beautiful and rich work of literary nonfiction.—Christina Salazar, Mesquite I.S.D., TX - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.