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A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The stories, paintings and early twentieth-century Paris of Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, come to life in this charming and innovative picture book biography, told in clever second-person free verse.

Here's an insider's tour of the fascinating lives of Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, amusingly addressed directly to the reader ("The next
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Hachette Book Group
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Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love everything Paris and was so happy to see such a great book for children that has beautiful pictures.
Carol Tilley
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 - charming illustrations and a Stein-inspired overview of her life (and Alice's). I'm less certain of who this book might be for. Read from galley via Edelweiss.
Ms. Yingling
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Picture book format, very free verse, and not quite enough biographical information for middle school.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas is an illustrated short biography of the pair aimed at younger readers. Due out 3rd March 2020 from Hachette on their Kids Can Press imprint, it's 48 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats.

This is an age appropriate charmingly illustrated biography of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and their salon and some of their art collection. Author Evie
Emily Fox
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a lovely little book in free verse, that made me really curious to learn more about each of the historical figures it explored. I can imagine this would also be the case for its intended audience for whom it might spark an interest in art or writing, or to just know about the world that came before them.

More explicit suggestion that Gertrude and Alice were romantically involved would have improved
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

I loved this! The illustrations by Rachel Katstaller and the highly uncommon story of Alice and Gertrude written by Evie Robillard make a perfect combo.

What I enjoyed: The illustrations complemented the book extremely well. The fact that the queer relationship is presented to matter of factly. The mix of history and storyline and the author's note and historical timeline at the end.

What I disliked: Maybe it needed to be
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer I received a copy of this book as an ARC via NetGalley.

It is very exciting to see queer history available for children and treated so matter of fact. I knew a little about Gertrude Stein but nothing at all about Alice Toklas. I like how the author chose to tell their stories together to highlight how they were truly life partners. The bio is brief but the interspersed quotes help add to the sketch we are reading of these two womens lives. I also like the resources in the back
Amanda Sanders
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to go back to Paris and look at Gertrude Stein's grave after reading this. It tells the story of Gertrude and her partner living in Paris. I like the occasional Gertrude quotes throughout. The book focuses mainly on their art collection and people's reactions to it. It is lyrically written--very well done.
John Clark
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and offbeat book for youngsters. It blends great illustrations with art history, personal quotes from Gertrude and a running description of the life she began with her brother Leo and what happened after she and Alice met and became a couple. It's delightful and low key, perfect for youngsters who are curious and have a great imagination
Lisa Day
Feb 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
In fairness, it's not the book I didn't like but the subject matter. I don't think Gertrude Stein and I could be friends. In fairness, I am sure I would have been one of the people she didn't invite back to view her art and drink her tea. And I am good with that.
J.D. DeHart
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful writing and a lovely use of verse. This is a book to absolutely treasure visually and in terms of the words the author chooses.
Note: I accessed digital review copies of this book through Edelweiss and NetGalley.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
An incredibly charming introduction to Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas. Snippets of Stein's writings are intersperse between Robillard's poems, a word portrait in homage to those of Stein herself. The illustrations form a lovely backdrop, enhancing and enlarging the text. I look forward to seeing this title on paper! Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the early read.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
An easy introductory biography about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas paired with light, fresh, pastel illustrations. If you are new to their story this book shares just enough information to get you excited and looking for more. If you are already familiar with their story this book will be a nice recap you can share with others. What starts out as a story about an informal art gallery run out of a home eventually leads to authorship and poetry. I was unfamiliar with these two women but now I ...more
Bernie Gourley
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This work provides a biographical sketch of Gertrude Stein, her partner Alice Toklas, and their life together in Paris. The vehicle is free verse poetry, although it reads more like a childrens book than poetry. That may sound as though I intended it as a burn, but thats not the case. The marketing materials for this book present it as a child-friendly picture book, if not entirely marketed in the childrens literature market. What I mean to say is that the writing is simple, literal, and isnt ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Hmmm This book tells you what you can do when you visit Paris , and what you can see in regard to the two people that are its focus. But on this evidence I have no inclination to ever go there again. The brevity of the piece means we have to just take it on as gospel that Stein was a genius (patently untrue on the evidence here), and for me there was zero impetus to even start to think of making a pilgrimage. I like the fact that juvenile biographies about atypical, unexpected subjects are ...more
joyce w. laudon
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a charming story about Gertrude Stein and her world including her brother, Alice and the many artists that they knew. Gertrude's acquaintance with Picasso is there as are stories about Gertrude's salon. Space is even given to the sweet dog, Basket. The illustrations are whimsical and very appealing. The story itself is simply told and engages the reader/listener. Additionally, the text is interspersed with quotes.

At the end of the book, there are additional sections. One of these focuses
Beautiful book

thank you edelweiss+ for the DRC.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Earc from netgalley.

Loved the illustrations on this one, they made an interesting story even better! but also it was a little bit hard to understand.
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