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Henri's Scissors

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  702 ratings  ·  109 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
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
Karen Witzler
A children's book about Matisse and his later work with cut-outs. Enjoyable.
Picture book biography focuses on Matisse's late work - his paper collages/"cut-outs". Simple yet evocative text, with quotes from Matisse himself.
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 knowledge
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
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 b
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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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).
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
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.
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
Calli Leventis
K-3, great with paired activity
A sweet little book that transitioned nicely into a first grade art project.
William Neagle
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute and entertaining for all.
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!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-ya, nonfic
Awwww! I love how the illustrations reflect his style; I love the cat.
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adorable. Beautiful illustrations and a lovely story to teach young children about Matisse's cutouts.
Christine Turner
tep into the colorful world of Henri Matisse and his magnificent paper cutouts!

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 beloved works--enormous and breathtaking paper cutouts.

Laura Molinario
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picture Book
Beginning exposure to a great artist
Jo Oehrlein
The focus is on Matisse's later works -- his paper cutouts.
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Most people have probably heard of the great French artist Henri Matisse, or even seen his renowned paintings, but unless you’re a fan of art history, that’s probably about all that you know of him or his life — which would be, as we discovered through this book, a real shame.

Henri’s Scissors is a beautiful biography of the artist, offering not just a glimpse into his creative and artistic genius, but also his indomitable spirit and inner strength.

What’s most fascinating
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Henri-Emile Matisse was a young boy, he longed to make art the way his mother did. So he drew as much as he could and then painted after receiving paints as a gift. But when he was on old man, he had to remain in bed or a wheelchair and didn’t have the energy or ability to paint. As he recovered, Matisse started to draw and then picked up a pair of scissors and started cutting paper. Matisse started a second phase of his art career with assistants who painted pages for him to cut from, drea ...more
Heather McGrew
Henri’s Scissors

These two books pair well with each other because they are both about art. Beautiful Oops is about how to use your imagination when you think you have made a mistake. It shows you how beautiful art work can be created from an oops! Henri Matisse used his imagination when he made interesting art work out of paper cut outs. These two books show children its ok to be creative and to use your imagination.

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Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have always known the artist Henri Matisse. My favorite painting of his is the one with a glass bowl of goldfish on a table. I love the bright splashes of color and green leaves that draw me into the fish. I did not know much more about him until I read Jeanette Winter's book Henri's Sissors.

People who lose the ability to do something they love and through this hardship find something else they love, fascinate me. Unbeknownst to me, Matisse fell ill in his older years after a sur
Stephanie Herman
"Then one day Matisse picked up a pair of scissors and cut out shapes from painted paper- he was drawing with scissors!" - Jeanette Winter

I really enjoy Jeanette Winter's books. She has a unique story-telling approach that I've grown to appreciate. Similar to Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes, Henri's Scissors is a picture book biography about another world-renowned artist... Henri-Emile-Benoit- Matisse! Originally an avant-garde artist, Henri has to adopt a new creative process when a severe illness a
Born in France to an artistic mother, Henri-Emile Matisse grew up to be a famous painter. In his older years, Henri became quite ill and was bedridden for the rest of his life. Weak and unable to paint like he used to, Henri was unwilling to give up his passion for art. He started drawing on his ceiling with charcoal attached to long poles. He also created some of his most beloved art by using scissors to cut out shapes inspired by nature out of colored paper and gluing them on his walls. The il ...more
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