We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2019 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.
Dancing Through Fields of Color:
The Story of Helen Frankenthaler
Written by Elizabeth Brown
Illustrated by Aimee Sicuro
Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers (2019)
Have you ever heard of Helen Frankenthaler? Born in New York City in 1928, Helen Frankenthaler had always been fond of colors. She would be late for dinner because she would try to finish painting the sunset from their apartment window. She stay up past bedtime playing with nail polish in the sink. Needless to say, Helen Frankenthaler never followed the rules.
In creating this picture book, Brown and Sicuro brings to life the story of a woman who was widely credited for color field painting. Inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler’s art was all about freedom. She believed that colors should not be contained in lines or painted into clear shapes or objects. Dancing Through the Fields of Color is a story of an artist’s search for freedom and creating her own identity. This picture book is best paired with the story of Mary Blair in A Pocket Full of Colors. You can read my feature on it here and Myra’s review here.
“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is all about.” – Helen Frankenthaler