Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois (Hardcover)

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois By Amy Novesky, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator) Cover Image

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois (Hardcover)


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Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone, and cast rubber. Her most famous spider sculpture, Maman, stands more than 30 feet high. Just as spiders spin and repair their webs, Louise’s own mother was a weaver of tapestries. Louise spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois’s childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works. With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.
Amy Novesky is an award-winning author whose books include Love Is a Tutu, Love Is a Truck, Cloth Lullaby, and Me, Frida. She lives just north of San Francisco. Sara Gillingham is an award-winning author, illustrator, and art director whose books include Love Is a Tutu, Love Is a Truck, One Whole Bunch, I Am So Brave, Snuggle the Baby, and I Can Do It Myself. She lives with her family in Vancouver.

Isabelle Arsenault is an internationally renowned children’s book illustrator. Her many acclaimed books include Just Because, The HoneybeeYou Belong Here, and Cloth Lullaby, which received the BolognaRagazzi Award in 2017. She has won the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature three times, as well as three New York Times Best Illustrated accolades. Arsenault lives in Montreal.
Product Details ISBN: 9781419718816
ISBN-10: 1419718819
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 40
Language: English
"With evocative, gorgeous illustrations and an inspirational story of an artist not often covered in children’s literature, this arresting volume is an excellent addition to nonfiction picture book collections, particularly those lacking titles about women artists."

— Booklist

"An inventive introduction to the work of a celebrated artist and a useful mentor text for exploring how language and imaginative, varied illustrations can work together to convey an idea."
— School Library Journal

"The evocative, hand-lettered text, peppered with quotations in red ink, provides an impressionistic portrait of the memories, colors, sounds, and images propelling Louise's art. These motifs connect the imaginative ink, pencil, pastel, and watercolor illustrations, done in a palette of indigo, red, and gray. Bold, repetitive patterns of stylized flowers, woven crosshatches, spirals, giant spiders, and musical notes form the perfect background for the cloth lullaby Louise weaves for herself. Splendid visual and verbal introduction to little-known artist Louise Bourgeois."
— Kirkus