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Louise Bourgeois

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“One Christmas day in Paris, a little girl was born. Her name was Louise. She was not the gift-wrapped boy her father wanted her to be, but her mother loved her very much.”

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
A disappointed Papa, a loving Maman, a cheerful baby watching a tiny spider

After school, Louise helped her mother in the tapestry studio by painting parts of the pictures., but her mother became very ill, which frightened Louise. She began painting to help manage her fear.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
Maman sleeps in bed while Louise draws pictures of spiders.

After her mother died, Louise’s father refused to pay to support her, so she earned money by translating art classes for American students. With the prompting of famous artist Fernand Léger, Louise turned to sculpture. She opened a gallery, fell in love, married, and moved to New York where she was inspired by the enormous skyscrapers.

She went on to create shocking works of art. People couldn’t believe this mild-mannered little woman, wife of a professor, was actually the artist who made such weird sculptures and installations. But when she was 70, New York’s Museum of Modern Art honoured her work.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
Gallery visitors shocked by Louise’s work but amazed to see she’s a nice old lady

She was particularly well-known for her spiders - remember the baby picture?

”To celebrate her 8oth birthday, Louise brought giant spiders to museums around the world. People felt like tiny ants next to them…but not her. They reminded her of her loving mother, mending clothes at her tapestry studio.”

My Goodreads review includes a photograph of her sculpture:
”Maman” , Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

My Goodreads review includes a photograph of her sculpture:
”Maman” Zurich, Switzerland

My Goodreads review includes a photograph of her sculpture:
”Maman”, Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain

Louise Bourgeois was certainly troubled, unique and controversial, so much so, that this little book can only barely touch on her artwork. Her subject matter was generally not the kind of thing discussed at the family dinner table or in front of children, so I think the author and illustrator have done a good job of restricting their story as much as possible.

I was ignorant of her and her work, but reading this has sent me down a number of gallery rabbit holes to find out more, and again, the results aren’t really appropriate for this kind of review of a children’s book. She did all kinds of works, sculptures, cages, and body parts.

For children, stick to the basic story of a little girl growing up to follow here dream to be an artist. There is a lot of information online, and a good place to start for yourself is here, with the spider.

“Louise Bourgeois’s iconic spider Maman – Everything you need to know”
https://publicdelivery.org/louise-bourgeois-spider-maman/

Thanks to NetGalley and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for the preview which has sparked my interest and will no doubt intrigue others.
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The Little People, Big Dreams series continues to enlighten me and introduce me to people that I did not know about before, thus, Louise Bourgeois is a character that I spent hours reading about and checking out her works online after reading this book. Louise was born on Christmas day, the second daughter to a man who wanted sons. She became close to her mother and worked with her on repairing tapestries at a young age. When her mother dies, she realizes that drawing brings her relief and helps her deal with her anger, especially towards her domineering father. She goes to art school and meets Fernand Léger, and she begins to explore sculpture, making her life change for the better. She marries and moves to New York, before WWII breaks out. In New York, she makes her mark on art. She is an artist that has many sculptures and installations throughout the world. This would be a great jumping off point to learn more about this amazing artist. I can see this book being used in classrooms looking at feminism, women making a difference in the world, art and sculpture, writing biographies and so much more. The illustrations by Helena Perez Garcia are a bit quirky, yet still realistic in a way that would attract children to them, as well as add much to the story. As always, a timeline at the back of the book is included with facts and photos. I definitely recommend this one to schools and public libraries.
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A fantastic tribute to an incredible artist and woman. Beautiful art! A lovely coffee table book or gift for any holiday, especially for a young woman or aspiring creator.
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I really enjoyed this addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series. I admit I was familiar with Bourgeois' art without knowing her name, but those big creepy spiders are hard to forget! It was interesting learning about her life, and I loved what a sassy old lady she became. I appreciate that this bio shows kids how art can be used to help a person express and deal with difficult emotions, and that art doesn't have to be "pretty" to be respected. 

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'Louise Bourgeois' by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara with illustrations by Helena Perez Garcia is a biography for young readers about an artist with a dark side.

Louise Bourgeois always liked art.  When her mother died, her art helped her express her feelings.  Her grown up art was sculpture and tapped in to her fears, while creating some truly dark art.

It's an interesting subject for a children's book, but it shows that art can be about fears and bad feelings too.  The illustrations are the opposite of dark and scary and are quite lovely.  

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children's Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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My favorite new edition to the Little People, Big Dreams series. I love that it is a woman artist that made modern art. I was surprised that I had never heard of Louise Bourgeois before reading this and went into a deep dive of learning more about her. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Quarto for my digital review copy.
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Louise Bourgeois was a French artist. Her art was inspired by her mother's passing which helped her thru a dark time in her life. Her art is somewhat disturbing because of it. I appreciated thru this short picture book getting to Louise Bourgeois as I probably never would have made her acquaintance.

I do not believe little children will get much out of this except maybe anxiety so I would not recommend it

A special thank you to Quarto Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review
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This was not my favorite book in this series, however we did learn a lot about Louise Bourgeois. My daughter usually loves all of these books.... but she only asked to read this one a couple of times which leads me to believe this isn't a favorite. However the book is really well done and the pictures are great.

The publisher made this available for review via netgalley. This is my honest review.
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One of the things I love about this series of picture book about famous people's lives is when I run across one I've never heard of, in this  case Louise Bourgeois.

But, as one other reviewer mentioned, though it was hinted at that she was famous for large spider like sculptures, the book didn't come out and say it directly.

But, fortunately, there is a bit in the back that goes over her history a little more fully.

Because, yes, it is hard to boil down anyone's life to a few pages and a few words.

So, this is still excellent, just as the whole series is.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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Louise Bourgeois is a fun and informative biography about the artist. It was our first time learning about Bourgeois and her art but the kids really found her life and artworks really interesting! The art was wonderful and I loved how it was paired with a more in-depth biography of Louise at the end of the book. Would love to see more books in this series!
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Louise Bourgeois was an important figure in modern art and shows children that they do not have to be afraid to be different and embrace their unique talents.
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As always amazing personality and amazing story with outstanding illustrations.I wish I could have the complete series in hard copy for my library.
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This was such a cute story about an artist I knew nothing about. The drawings went perfectly with the story of growing up in Paris. I loved the artist’s relationship with her mother, and the story of how she nurtured her blossoming talent. This would be a great book for young independent thinkers.
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I love reading “Little People, Big Dreams” books to my classes of 4th and 5th graders, and Louise Bourgeois was no exception. These books lend themselves to great discussions and kids wanting to learn more (a teacher’s dream).  I was not familiar with Louise, so it was extra fun learning about her together. Thank you for introducing kids and grownups to all types of historical figures.
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I got this on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
I really love this series of books, and think the people featured are so varied and interesting! I really liked to hear the story of Louise, and I even realized that I’ve seen some of her art in pictures before! I only wished more of the actual art was shown here! I feel like a lot of it was hidden / up to the reader’s interpretation and I just really wished we could see what the text talked about.
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I love the Little People, Big Dreams book and Louise Bourgeois is no exception! One of my favorite things to do with students is to read them stories about real people. I think it’s so important for them to understand how influential dreamers can be. I’m looking to update many of my nonfiction titles, focusing on women and other minority groups. This title will be a great addition to my collection.
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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Louise Bourgeois is another fantastic addition to the Little People Big Dreams series and shows children that art can be a great way to release fears, emotions and feelings in a positive way. 
Louise Bourgeois is an amazing lady in the world of art and shows children that with hard work and passion you can create anything you want. 

I love this series! Not one book in it that I haven't enjoyed yet!
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The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The ‘My First Little People, Big Dreams’ series provides informative and inspirational biographies about people who left a mark on this earth, no matter what difficulties they have encountered.
These stories are very short, but that’s because they’re books for children, so it’s totally understandable.
I think they are a very smart and wonderful way to introduce little children to such important figures.
This one here tells the story of Louise Bourgeois, an incredible artist. It was nice reading about her and how she came to be an artist. Her art is quite unique, refreshing and extravagant. I'm glad little children are introduced to such an inspiring figure.
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A great story about an artist I did not have previous knowledge of. I loved the pictures throughout the book and they added to the story. The book was simple to follow while giving enough details about Louise to learn about her. The only thing that was missing was the mention of having children. I think a simple addition to the sentence about falling in love with Robert would be sufficient. (or that they moved to New York and started a family?) I also thought having a more structured timeline at the end of the story with real pictures of her scary work was important to the book. Another great biography in the Little People, BIG DREAM series.
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Another great book in the Little People, Big Dreams series for children. This is a series that takes famous people and tells their biography in a simple way for kids to start learning about them. Louise Bourgeois was such an amazing artist that made great sculptures and used her art to show the pain she had as a child when her mother died and how even though her father did not like the idea of her being an artist she still made it her mission. She married, had kids, but her husband still supported her art and she continued during it through out her lifetime.
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