Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
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About the Author
Kyo Maclear is a beloved author of books for children and adults. Her recent children's books include Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, illustrated by Julie Morstad, Yak and Dove, illustrated by Esmé Shapiro, and The Liszts, illustrated by Júlia Sardà. She lives in Toronto with her two sons, two cats and a singer.
Julie Morstad is the author and illustrator of Today and How To. She has illustrated many books for children, including Swan, The Dress and the Girl, This Is Sadie, and Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Julie makes her home in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she lives with her family. You can find her at www.juliemorstad.com.
"Morstad's delicate watercolor illustrations do a great job of depicting Schiaparelli's designs, but subtle hints--pink flowers composed of dresses, shoes, and gloves, for instance--emphasize how Schiaparelli's view of the world shaped her artwork."--Booklist
"Little ones who "dare to be different" will be inspired."--Booklist
"The duo behind Julia, Child offers a bold first-person biography of designer Elsa Schiaparelli."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Morstad's vivid mixed-media have an imaginativeness to match Schiaparelli's surrealistic designs (playing with a beloved uncle as a child, she soars amid the stars and planets of the cosmos) and feature splashes of Schiaparelli's trademark shade of pink...[It's] a dramatic tribute worthy of its audacious subject."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"In full scenes and vignettes, Morstad's mixed-media paintings capture the lanky, classy panache of Schiap and her designs."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Using Schiaparelli herself as narrator, this picture-book biography tells the story of her unsettled childhood and rise to premier couturier for a young audience."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Together Maclear and Morstad have created a picture book that, like Elsa's art, is "daring, different, and whole" and that reminds us that "together, we BLOOM and BLOOM.""--Jennifer Oleinik, Shelf Awareness (blog)
"Morstad's (When Green Becomes Tomatoes) lush illustrations match Maclear's enlightening narrative... [her] illustrations rise and fall with Elsa's emotional and artistic journey."--Jennifer Oleinik, Shelf Awareness (blog)