Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased
Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased
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Annotation: In 1939, artist Georgia O'Keeffe creates nearly twenty paintings as she tours the Hawaiian islands, but refuses to paint pictures of pineapples the way her sponsors tell her to.
Catalog Number: #5267971
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Harcourt
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Illustrator: Morales, Yuyi,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-15-205420-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-15-205420-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2010043401
Dimensions: 30 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In 1939, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company asked Georgia O'Keeffe to visit the islands and paint pictures promoting pineapples. But Georgia, it seems, had little interest in that. In the spirit of the book's subtitle, what pleases her in this fictional retelling are the natural wonders she encounters: waterfalls, green pleated mountains, and, of course, flowers. The Hawaiian Pineapple Company is not pleased. Finally, thankful for her time in paradise, she does her painting, though young readers may be confused by the denouement. The text of the glorious final spread reads, And Georgia painted a pineapple! But there's nothing on the page resembling the fruit. In fact, readers may have to do some research to learn that what she painted was a pineapple bud. The author's note offers a rather confused time line, which may be why this book is catalogued as fiction. However, the writing is often lovely and works as a vehicle for the stunning artwork. Morales' lush, almost sensual art recalls O'Keeffe's, but it is entirely her own. They may not see pineapples, but children will soak up paradise.
Horn Book
In 1939, O'Keeffe was commissioned by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (later Dole) to tour Hawaii and create promotional paintings of the exotic fruit. But she fell in love with other features of the islands--volcanoes, tropical flora, rare coral--and stubbornly wouldn't "be told what to paint." Novesky's lulling prose is matched by Morales's elegant, paradisaical acrylics inspired by O'Keeffe's art. Reading list.
Kirkus Reviews
An appealing and slightly humorous portrayal of O'Keeffe's artistic vision and determination, along with a peek at the Hawaii of over half a century ago. During her several-weeks sojourn in the Hawaii Territory in 1939, Georgia O'Keeffe painted some of her most lovely work. Though it was the Hawaiian (later Dole) Pineapple Company that underwrote her trip in exchange for a painting of a pineapple, O'Keeffe refused to paint the picked fruit the company offered. She did not actually paint a pineapple until she returned to New York, and readers may be able to find her pineapple painting hiding in the pages. But, as Novesky tells here, O'Keeffe discovered flowers, landscapes and Hawaiian feathered fishhooks that captured her artist's eye. Morales' luscious full-page illustrations--digitally assembled edge-to-edge acrylic paintings--seem to glow softly in scenes filled with rich colors and that create an intimate relationship between the figure of Georgia and her surroundings. Labeled illustrations of nine different Hawaiian blossoms cover the endpapers. In one striking spread, a canvas close up shows Georgia's just-painted waterfall, with a feathered lure and a shell hanging from the corners, while just beyond Georgia, a striking black lava formation reaches into the ocean. Morales captures Georgia's intelligent and occasionally formidable look; she also captures what O'Keeffe saw, gracefully echoing, not reproducing, O'Keeffe's work. Accessible, unfussy and visually charming. (author's and illustrator's notes; sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4&12; O'Keeffe spent three months touring Hawaii in 1939 as a guest of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (which later became Dole). In return, she was to produce two paintings to promote her sponsor's juice. The trouble started when the company refused the artist's request to live near the fields (only laborers did that), instead presenting her with a pineapple to reproduce. How the two sides moved from offending one another to reconciliation is the central conflict in this lush, carefully researched book. Novesky's selection of salient details of the relationship and the journey allows the text to be brief while providing fascinating tidbits for readers and a fertile ground for Morales's imaginative acrylic and digital compositions, many of which were inspired by O'Keeffe's abstract art as well as her famous flowers, skyscrapers, and streetlights. Cool, green rainforest settings contrast with brilliant, fuchsia skies in which the protagonist is framed by larger-than-life philodendron, hibiscus, and plumeria. Flowers are identified on the endpapers. Photographs of the commissions would have been helpful, but author and illustrator notes are provided. This title fits beautifully between a portrait of the artist as a young woman in Jen Bryant's Georgia's Bones (Eerdmans, 2005) and as an older one in Kathryn Lasky's Georgia Rises (Farrar, 2009).&12; Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Word Count: 883
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 150215 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.7 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q57140
Lexile: 890L

Georgia O'Keeffe's Hawaiian tour celebrates natural beauty and powerful artistic convictions.Georgia O'Keeffe was famous for painting exactly what she wanted, whether flowers or skulls. Who would ever dare to tell her what to paint? The Hawaiian Pineapple Company tried. Luckily for them, Georgia fell in love with Hawaii. There she painted the beloved green islands, vibrant flowers, feathered fishhooks, and the blue, blue sea. But did she paint what the pineapple company wanted most of all? Amy Novesky's lyrical telling of this little-known story and Yuyi Morales's gorgeous paintings perfectly capture Georgia's strong artistic spirit. The book includes an author's note, illustrator's note, bibliography, map of the islands, and endpapers that identify Georgia's favorite Hawaiian flowers.

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