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Summer Birds

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
By Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons, which opened to reveal summer birds, or butterflies and moths. Maria studied the whole life cycle of the summer birds, and documented what she learned in vibrant paintings.

This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece.

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May 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Garden

May 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

All the world’s a stage…

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

To Sleep Perchance to Dream (a child’s book of rhymes), a Shakespearean Singable Picture Book

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May 18, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

MIRÓ’S HOMAGE TO PICASSO

Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

…Picasso had been an inspiration and mentor to Miró. How did the two men meet? Through their mothers and cake.

Both of Spanish descent, Miró’s mother and Picasso’s mother were friends. Even though Miró greatly admired the older artist, he didn’t seek an introduction until 1920 when Miró was 27 and was going to Paris. Before his trip, he went to Picasso’s mother and asked if there was anything she wanted him to take to her son. She said cake.

Miró made his way to Paris and delivered the cake to the older and already-successful Picasso. Apparently, Picasso appreciated the gesture because he served as a bit of a mentor to Miró, introducing him to art dealers and the art community. They were very different personalities: Miró was more reserved and shied away from public life. Picasso was more extroverted and more of a salesman.

However, they shared a brotherhood rooted deeply in Catalonia and Spain. Both were greatly impacted by the general and dictator Francisco Franco, who came to power during the Spanish Civil War.

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May 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

TRACES OF SEPHARAD

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May 11, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Williams: Star Wars

May 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The smallest feline is a masterpiece…

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