Reviewed by Deborah Menkart
Book Author: Margarita Engle
Audubon is a familiar name, but how about that other influential painter of birds, Louis Agassiz Fuertes? Born in New York, Agassiz Fuertes’ father was Puerto Rican.
Agassiz Fuertes created exquisite illustrations of birds that were printed on collectible cards and distributed to homes across the country by Arm & Hammer in the 1920s and ’30s. This sparked widespread interest by children in bird watching and conservation. Through free verse and lovely illustrations, Margarita Engle and Aliona Bereghici introduce a new generation to Agassiz Fuertes, whose work could inspire children to pay attention to the birds in their own communities.
Bird paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes
The Sky Painter by Margarita Engle
Illustrator: Aliona Bereghici
Published by Amazon Publishing on April 28th 2015
Genres: Animals, Art, Biography and Autobiography, Latinx, Science
Reading Level: Grades 1-2
Review Source: Teaching for Change
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Also by this author: Hurricane Dancers, Drum Dream Girl, Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir