Because Barbara

Children - Picture Book
48 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2024
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Did you know Barbara Cooney was one of America's most beloved illustrators and painters? She also authored many popular and award-winning picture books for children. Because Barbara offers readers a chance to learn about the life and works of this extraordinary woman. Written by Sarah Mackenzie and featuring illustrations by Eileen Ryan Ewen, this picture book follows Barbara's journey from her summers spent in Maine as a young girl to becoming a revered author and illustrator who roamed the world. Following her mother's footsteps, Barbara learned to paint at a young age and used her love of nature to enrich her drawings. When the publishers refused to let her use color, Barbara didn't give in and continued to perfect her style until everyone had acknowledged her talent. In her later years, she helped rebuild a historic library in Maine.

Because Barbara is a captivating true story of the life of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. Sarah Mackenzie's short yet thorough account of Barbara Cooney's life is not only moving, but it also shows the extraordinary feats human beings are capable of if they set their minds to it. Mackenzie does a masterful job of presenting Barbara's story and achievements in a way that will appeal to young readers. As a reader, you follow Barbara from her beginnings in New York and Maine, where she first got her inspiration to paint and illustrate, soaking up the natural beauty of the surrounding flora and fauna. Eileen Ryan Ewen's drawings add beauty to Mackenzie's storytelling and make the book all the more immersive. Parents are going to love reading this book to their children!