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A Picture for Marc (A Stepping Stone Book)

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GROWING UP IN Russia in the late 1800s, Marc Chagall doesn't know what art is. He doesn't even know what drawing is until one of his
schoolmates shows him how to trace a picture in a magazine. Marc tries it himself, then decides to pull pictures out of his own mind - his Uncle Noah on the roof, giant chickens, flying cows, happy men with fiddles, and women with lambs. Sudde
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published July 8th 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published September 25th 2007)
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As a short story of a boy who wants to be an artist, this book is not so bad. However, it's marketed as a biography of Marc Chagall. It contains no real information about Chagall. Nothing about why he's important, what's special about his artwork, nor are there any pictures of his art! A child who reads this will learn nothing about Chagall other than his name. A disappointment, coming from Eric Kimmel.
Oct 13, 2008 Rose rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young readers
Interesting to learn about Marc Chagall's origins... his eyes were opened to his great talent, and despite little encouragement initially, he followed his dream... and achieved success! Inspirational read for kids... and grown-ups, too :)
Nov 01, 2011 Vicki rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading about Marc Chagall and his experience, related through Eric Kimmel's vision from true events, of learning to be an artist. Very fun to read about Yehuda Pen, the art teacher, and the town of Vitebsk, Russia.
I think anyone can relate to Marc's angst on trying to find a niche for himself. As his parents sacrifice so that Marc can go to school and become a better provider than his herring factory worker father Marc knows that studying is not for him. But what is? He stumbles acros
Oct 12, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This great book shows the obstacles that Marc Chagall overcame to become an artist. This is a kid's book about Marc figuring out that he was gifted. This quote, from Marc, was inspiring: "We all need art to show us what is truly important in the world. We need art to show us the small, secret things that we never take time to see. We need art to show us how to live, how to be alive in the world."
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Jan 01, 2008 Amy Brown rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: boys, artists
This beginning chapter book would be a good historical fiction read for 3rd/4th graders. It tells the childhood of Marc Chagall and how he became an artist.
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Explains how Marc Chagall became an artist through stories of his childhood experiences.
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Eric A. Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He attended PS 193, Andries Hudde Junior High School, and Midwood High School. Brooklyn College was across the street from his high school, so he didn’t want to go there. He headed west, to Easton, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Lafayette College in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
Eric worked as an elementary school teache
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