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Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

Written by Evie Robillard & illustrated by Rachel Katstaller
Published by Kids Can Press
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Here’s an insider’s tour of the fascinating lives of Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, amusingly addressed directly to the reader (“The next time you go to Paris …”). It explores the couple’s art collection, their famous writer and artist friends and even their dog, Basket. It also describes how Gertrude’s book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was not about Alice, but was more about Gertrude herself! A celebration of creativity and the creative process, this original and very readable picture book biography champions two women who dared to live unconventional lives.

In playful free verse, author Evie Robillard offers a unique introduction to one of the most influential figures of twentieth-century art and literature. It includes twelve child-friendly quotations from Stein’s work, such as: “It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.” Illustrator Rachel Katstaller’s fun yet detailed art delightfully evokes the time and place of the text. Touching on literature, history, writing and the visual arts, this biography offers loads of direct curriculum applications. Back matter includes a time line, “snapshots,” sources and an author’s note with further background.

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LGBTQ: Gertrude Stein's life partner was another woman, Alice B. Toklas.

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Who Wrote Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

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Evie Robillard

Evie Robillard is a former children’s librarian and writing teacher. She writes for both adults and children. She’s the mother of two grown sons and makes her home in Madison, Wisconsin.Rachel Katstaller is a children’s book illustrator from El Salvador, a tiny country in the tropics of Central America. She now lives and works in a studio perched in the Austrian Alps, where she daydreams about eating croissants in Paris. Her cat, Hemingway, was named after a famous writer who was once mentored by Gertrude Stein.

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Who Illustrated Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

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Rachel Katstaller

Rachel Katstaller is an illustrator and strategic designer from tiny tropical El Salvador. She graduated with honors as a strategic designer from the Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera in 2013, and took up the Summer Residency in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in the summer of 2014. Since then, Rachel has relocated to the Alps along with her cat, Hemingway.

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Book Details

ISBN:
9781525300561
Publication Date:
March 3, 2020
ASIN/ISBN 10:
1525300563
Lexile® Level:
810L

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