Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In Mary’s Garden by Tina Kugler - ADVISABLE

Kugler, Tina and Carson  In Mary’s Garden, pgs. 30. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2015.  $16.99  G – PICTURE BOOK.

This is a delightful book with fabulous and quirky illustrations.  It’s about Wisconsin artist Mary Nohl (1914 – 2001) who created fantastical sculptures and all sorts of curious art in her garden and home. 
It tells of Mary’s childhood, how she had different interests and how she LOVED ART.  It’s a wonderful story of how she got ideas and was inspired to create.  The last page of the book gives a short biography including pictures of Mary, her home and creations.   This would be a great book to talk about subjects such as: artistic creation; being different and what to do about it; being true to yourself; outsider art.

EL (K-3), EL, MS, HS – ADVISABLE.   MJ Burton

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