Thursday, April 30, 2009

Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude

Finally the book we've all been waiting for! A biography of Gertrude Stein for children! Seriously, when I first saw Getrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Calef Brown, I wondered "Is this really necessary?" But I found it to be a wonderful, kid-friendly, and interesting story. Gertrude Stein is known for her poetry (which inspires the title and text of Gertrude), her friendship with many avant-garde modern artists such as Picasso and Hemingway, her long-time companionship with Alice B. Toklas (which is summed up gracefully with "Gertrude and Alice are Gertrude and Alice") and her poodle, Basket!

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