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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.
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    From School Library Journal
    Gr 2 Up—This picture book biography of artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010), who was best known for her installation art and sculpture, highlights the roots of her inspiration. Through text and images, the author and illustrator emphasize the aspects of Bourgeois's childhood that influenced her: the river that flowed past her house, the colors of the flowers and plants in the garden, the "web of stars above her," and her nurturing mother, who taught her how to weave and repair tapestries. Novesky makes excellent use of simile ("Her family lived in a big house on the water that wove like a wool thread through everything.") and alliteration ("She taught her about the warp and the weft and how to weave."). Bourgeois's mother is also compared to a spider—"a repairer of broken things." As the story progresses, the images of flowers and plants, the cloth, and the water become larger, sometimes taking up most of the page. The perspective also changes, as readers see what Bourgeois saw as a young girl—the beauty of nature, her mother at work, and the tools her mother used—and, finally, her creations: giant spiders and webs, spirals and circular webs, and cloth drawings and books. VERDICT 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.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York
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  • 이자벨 아르스노(Isabelle Arsenault)
  • Isabelle Arsenault
    캐나다에서 태어났으며, 섬세한 선과 독특한 색감의 그림을 그려 국제적으로 널리 알려져있다. 그동안 『고갱 씨의 가슴』『내가 세상에 띄우는 편지』등의 책으로 캐나다연방총독상과 국제독서협회상을 받았다.  

     

    Isabelle Arsenault, the illustrator of “Just Because,” in her workspace in Montreal, Quebec.

    “I worked on a very special custom drawing table that my father built and gave to me for my birthday that year. It’s an inclined table that I described to him and that he created, adding even more cool features. It was very interesting to inaugurate the table with this book project, which I end up dedicating to my highly creative dad.

    I received the manuscript for ‘Just Because’ and, of course, I liked the story — its tone, the absurd sense of humor and the ending. The manuscript came along with two vintage images, some visual references suggested by the writer, Mac Barnett. I liked these images very much. They looked as if they came from an old documentary book or encyclopedia. The project started taking shape in my mind. I wanted to find an approach that would be classic and warm but still contemporary. I could say this one was inspired by the old documentary books of my childhood.”

     

글작가 정보
  • 에이미 노브스키 (Amy Novesky)
  • 퓨라 벨프레 어워드를 수상하고 전미 도서관협회에서 주목할 만한 책으로 선정된 『Me, Frida』 및 『Georgia in Hawaii』를 썼어요. 미국 샌프란시스코에서 지내며 많은 책을 쓰고 있어요.
     

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