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Hi, I’m Norman: The Story of American Illustrator Norman Rockwell

S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Oct. 2019. 48p. further reading. photos. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442496705.
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K-Gr 2–Unlike other biographies narrated in the first person, this engaging book about artist Norman Rockwell asks questions and forms a solid connection between reader and narrator. Burleigh chronicles Rockwell’s life in snapshots that correspond with different events in American history; for instance, the author asks, “What is an artist to do when war comes?” and responds by detailing the history of The Four Freedoms, one of Rockwell’s most famous works, based on a speech given by Franklin Roosevelt during World War II. Though rendered in Minor’s style, the illustrations mimic Rockwell’s work.
VERDICT This important addition to biography collections is aimed at young readers with little to no knowledge of the artist. It will interest and hopefully inspire early elementary students who love art.

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