Children's books that forever changed my life.
Of course, you say, of course she'd like that book. She chose the name.
My daughter is named Georgia, but not for the artist O'Keeffe. My daughter is named for two great-grandfathers on both sides of her family. One an architect; one a farmer.
So this book, once again, is rather for me. Georgia O'Keeffe is my namesake, my mentor, as an artist and an independent being. As a heart and an eye and a hand that saw the big truth in small things.
My Name is Georgia
A Portrait by Jeanette Winter
Her entire life story is told in these 48 pages of spare text and evocative illustrations. Her own girl, with her own way and her own way of seeing. Drawn by the urge to meet the faraway up close, to render mysteries plain and true so people would see.
I went to the New Mexico desert.
So far away that no one ever comes.
I was satisfied to be all by myself.
I did things other people don't do.
I painted my sky BIG, so people would see the sky the way I did.
Find the fearless footprint, hear the song of truth and echo it back over the mountains. Paint your life BIG so people will see.
My earlier favorites are shelved here, here and here.