The Sky Painter: Louis Fuertes, Bird Artist By Margarita Engle


Back of Book:
Louis loves to watch birds. He takes care of injured birds and studies how they look and how they move. His father wants him to become an engineer, but Louis dreams of being a bird artist. To achieve this dream, he must practice, practice, practice. He learns from the art of John James Audubon. But as Louis grows up, he begins to draw and paint living, flying birds in their natural habitats.
Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874–1927) is now known as the father of modern bird art. He traveled with many scientific expeditions all over the world. His best-known works—paintings for habitat exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History in New York—are still beloved by visitors today. His art helped to encourage wildlife conservation, inspiring people to celebrate and protect the world of wings.
My Review:
This is a fantastic nonfiction picture book. Readers follow the life of Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Each page of this text is written as a poem. The unique aspect of this book is that it is written in a first-person narrative. This book is well researched and captures readers attention. There is a great historical note in the back that tells readers more about the great artist. The illustrations are stunning and allow readers to see the beauty of the birds that Louis was so in love with. This book is meant for older audiences and is a great addition to any diverse picture book list. I recommend this book for all libraries and classrooms.
Ages 7 and up
40 Pages

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