The Best of Barbara, by Barbara Lavalee
The Best of Barbara (64 pages) is a colorful and vibrant collection of watercolors by renowned artist Barbara Lavallee, whose images are inspired by Alaska communities and landscapes. The book unites classic works and new images, in a delightful cross-section of the artist’s vision and style. Drawing on her vivid surroundings, Lavallee paints with colors that harness a spirit of their own. Brightness and happiness move from one page to the next in scenes of Alaska women, families, and animals. Alongside each piece is a description that enhances the viewing experience. Lavallee has included an insight into her artistic philosophy, drawing viewers closer than ever to the heart of her work.
“Charming, virbrant watercolor illustrations expand the simple, phythmic text, adding to the characters’ personalities and to the cultural information.”
—School Library Journal
“The rounded, stylized watercolors are brightly appealing, full of humor and love.”
—The Horn Book Magazine
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