The blog has been a little quiet for the last few weeks as we were in Hawaii attending a family wedding. I loved spending time in American bookstores. I made quite a few purchases!
I didn't spend all my time inside reading though. We spent lots of time on the beach and exploring the beautiful environs of Hawaii on two different islands.Plus quite a bit of time in ABC stores. Ha!
We live in the south and it gets hot here in the summer. I've been on hikes with the leader carrying a machete! But it's not as lush as Oahu or Maui, and certainly not in February!
I can totally see how Hawaii would be an amazing muse for an artist of Georgia O'Keefe's stature. There is just so much beauty and colour throughout the islands- and it can be so different from one part to another. Verdant greenery leads to stark lava fields jutting out into the ocean, and it seems like there are a tonne of different worlds on each island.
Georgia O'Keeffe memorialized so many of those beautiful views, and her vibrant colours and distinct style pair perfectly with natural setting of Hawaii. A certain pineapple company realized how great her art would be with this muse and brought her over to Hawaii to paint their product. But art isn't always to order, as this company found out, and O'Keeffe was inspired to paint so much else that the company got a little impatient waiting for her pineapple painting.
The joy of this story is not just the illustrations, where Yuyi Morales does O'Keeffe's art justice, but also the story of a woman who follows her heart and is not only successful but also learns when to bend a little bit.
It is very interesting when picture book biographies take a part of a famous person's life and focus on that, and O'Keeffe's trip to Hawaii provides the perfect opportunity for the creators of this book to introduce the reader to information about art and botany in a very organic way. The ethical dilemma over art and its patron's privileges will appeal to older readers while younger readers will love the vibrant colours.
The only problem with this book is it makes me hungry for fresh pineapple.