Monday, October 30, 2006
Me and Uncle Romie, by Claire Hartfield
Unlike many biogrpahies, this is a book told from the perspective of a child and told as a personal narrative. The information about Romare Bearden is all accurate, but the story format makes this information both interesting and enjoyable for children to learn. The book is illustrated in a way that honors and foregrounds Romare Bearden's unique style and contribution to American Art, but the illustrations are not as abstract and difficult to understand as Bearden's work. I used this book during a biography unit in my classroom and was delighted by how many students became interested in learning more about Bearden.