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Henri's Scissors

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  768 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Step into the colorful world of Henri Matisse and his magnificent paper cutouts in this biography by acclaimed picture book creator Jeanette Winter.

In a small weaving town in France, a young boy named Henri-Emile Matisse drew pictures everywhere, and when he grew up, he moved to Paris and became a famous artist who created paintings that were adored around the world. But l
ebook, with audio recording, 40 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Simon and Schuster (first published August 1st 2013)
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Some young readers will be familiar with the paintings of Henri Matisse who was born in France. The text and illustrations, created with cut paper and acrylic paint, cover Henri's formative years and the influence of his mother. After leaving behind a possible law career, he focused on painting. Many years later, after a successful career, he became ill and was unable to paint. Still, he managed to create, using painted paper and scissors. Eventually, the walls of his room were filled with a pap ...more
Picture book biography focuses on Matisse's late work - his paper collages/"cut-outs". Simple yet evocative text, with quotes from Matisse himself. ...more
Karen Witzler
A children's book about Matisse and his later work with cut-outs. Enjoyable. ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This informational picture book about Henry Matisse gives the readers just enough information about his life that we are able to learn something new. This picture book takes us through his early years of painting and into his later years, after his illness, of cutting. The author uses real quotes from Matisse, which she found in other books about him. The colorful illustrations really make you pay attention to Matisse’s work and show his creativity in his shapes and cutouts. This is a great book ...more
1) Has anyone ever heard of Henri Matisse? Wait for response. I would share a short biography of the artist that is included in the back of the book. I would then project some of Matisse’s famous paintings that he made. Once I finished the book I would then share pictures of the large cut outs Matisse made.
2) With this opening, I would be providing important background information that will allow students to make connections and realize how famous Matisse is. This might activate prior knowledg
Jun 17, 2014 added it
Shelves: non-fiction
Fiction Twin Text: “Brush of the Gods” by Lenore Look (2013)

Content Crossover: Art/Art History

Rationale: Both these books discuss two different artists. Both start as painters but take different paths. I want the children to get in touch with their creative side and realize that art comes in many shapes and forms. I would read each book, while reading we would complete a Venn diagram as a class. The center of the circles where they connect, we would put the similarities between the artists. When
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Henri Matisse's paper cuttings so I guess it is expected that I would also love this book. Jeanette Winter does a fantastic job both on the illustrations and the story of Henri Matisse's later years. She easily communicates the simplicity and exuberance of his later art work. I loved how she interspersed actual quotations throughout. The ending is both wonderful and amazing. This book will provide so much inspiration for children both in creating their own artwork and also in persevering ...more
Iowa City Public Library
Winter focuses on the artist’s later years when he was confined to a bed and a wheelchair. Here Matisse is depicted using colored paper and scissors and employing his vivid imagination to create artwork that his assistants put up on the walls of his seaside cottage. “A pair of scissors is a wonderful instrument,” says Matisse. He wonders why he never thought of using the technique of paper cutting for his designs earlier. In this book the pictures Winter creates are done in acrylics and cut pape ...more
Whole And
Excellent source for an artist in focus lesson on Henri Matisse, his genius, difficulties and how he never betrayed the artist within.

Well done.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Ben Truong
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henri's Scissors is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. It focuses on the later life of Henri Matisse, a French artist.

Henri Émile Benoît Matisse was a French artist, known for both his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout
Step into the colorful world of Henri Matisse and his magnificent paper cutouts in this biography by acclaimed picture book creator Jeanette Winter.

In a small weaving town in France, a young boy named Henri-Emile Matisse drew pictures everywhere, and when he grew up, he moved to Paris and became a famous artist who created paintings that were adored around the world. But late in life a serious illness confined him to a wheelchair, and amazingly, it was from there that he created among his most b
Bright, coloring children's picture book biography of Henri Matisse. I had no idea that, later in life, Matisse was unable to paint, and instead turned to cutting paper into designs. This book had me immediately jumping onto my computer to learn more. I can't wait to share this with students and show them the real Henri and his art. Nominated for the North Carolina Children's Book Award (2016-2017). ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
An inspiring picture book about Henri Matisse. His modern paper-cut artwork dominates this colorful book about his life. It explains that he was an artist until he became very ill and could not leave his bed -- this is when he discovered his talent for cut paper art. Jeanette Winter's artwork is fantastic. A great inspiration for kids' own artistic creations. Also, it may be inspirational for children who may be sick and stuck in bed, or stuck inside during quarantine. ...more
Joey Trizzino
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
A book based on the life of Henri Matisse, a great artist shows his journey through life. In a small weaving town in France, Henri drew pictures everywhere. Once he grew up he moved to France, and became a famous artist. His paintings were seen all around the world. A serious illness put Henri in a wheelchair later in life. Where people might think this would stop Henri from his work, but during this time Henri created some of his best work.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades K-5
Nice story about Henri Matisse and how he went from drawing and painting to paper craft with scissors. Easy and nice to follow. Good illustrations. Art teacher would love this one. Biographical. Highly recommended for ES. Grade level K-5
Pennie Littau
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
My art professor read this book to the class while introducing Henri Matisse and i though it was a brilliant way to show art history. Picture books are a brilliant way to tackle multiple subjects at once. this book has not only art value but historical value as well.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Henri's illness did not stop him from doing what he loved which was creating art. Henri made his very own garden in his room with a pair of scissors and paper. One night Henri walked through his garden and into the heavens. ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a book with vibrant colours and beautiful artwork that shares us the story of the artist Henri Matisse. It inspires the reader to follow one's passion till the last breath and leave a legend for an eternity. ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A decent picture book biography of Henri Matisse and his evolution from painter to artist with cut piecings. However, the last two pages veer into the non-factual, overly sentimental musings of the author, and there are exactly zero photographs of Matisse's actual art. ...more
Jennifer B.
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't read the audio version, it didn't have any CD, but the book in itself was good, if short. ...more
Mary Alice
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Have lovely student created art in the Workshop of Wonder now that we've read this book! ...more
Mrs. Ruigrok
This bright and colorful book tells the story of Matisse while also showing some of his artwork..his paintings and then his work with scissors. Simple text but informative and interesting.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
the artist's late-in-life renewal of inspiration makes for a lovely and facinating read ...more
A sweet little book that transitioned nicely into a first grade art project.
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adorable. Beautiful illustrations and a lovely story to teach young children about Matisse's cutouts. ...more
William Neagle
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute and entertaining for all.
Calli Leventis
K-3, great with paired activity
Good - made S. Request more books about Matisse
Clare D
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great entry non-fiction picture book for maker space. I also loved that Henri found a new way to create. This is a good way to talk about problem solving and overcoming obstacles!
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