Friday, December 7, 2018

Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature- A Review and Giveaway

Congratulations to Clara Gillow Clark who won Finding Home: My Arc-O-Biography on last week's blog.

Note: In the next two weeks I'm going to try and post extra book giveaways so you have a chance to win a holiday gift for someone special. 


REVIEW


When I saw on Margriet Ruurs Facebook page that she had a new book coming out, I knew I wanted to share it with all of you. 
Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature, (Orca Books, 2018) is a wonderful tribute to one of Canada's most famous artists. Both the text and illustrations are beautiful; I had a hard time selecting which illustrations to accompany this blog. Hopefully the pictures and short snippets of text will pique your interest; the animals I've named in the review are accompanied by magnificent illustrations.


From a youth, Mr. Bateman loved the outdoors and was "in awe of nature." He investigated fields and animals; birds and plants.


"In school he spent a lot of time staring out the window. He dreamed of traveling so he could see more wildlife, from whales to wrens."

Not only did Mr. Bateman "paint the shapes and patterns of the world around him," but he also carved wooden birds and noticed "details of feathers and form."




Owls, penguins, polar bears, and lions in their habitats. 



Towards the end of the book, there is a lovely illustration of Mr. Bateman walking through a field with his grandchildren. The text reads: 
Now Robert walks the forest with his grandchildren. He shows them the shape of a leaf, the texture of bark. He tells them to pay attention to the details of nature around them.
Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature will be enjoyed by grandparents, parents, K-3 teachers, and of course--young readers themselves. Hopefully the text and illustrations will encourage our next generation to appreciate nature as Mr. Bateman did as a child. 


GIVEAWAY

Leave me a comment by December 12 with your email address if you are new to my blog. For an extra chance to win, share this on social media (please let me know what you did) and I'll put your name in the hat twice. 

21 comments:

Donna Earnhardt said...

Hi Carol! Lovely giveaway and beautiful artwork! WOW!

Rosi said...

I love nature books and this one looks beautiful. Thanks for telling me about it.

Linda A. said...

You have the best giveaways! Thank you, Carol! I posted on Facebook.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Hi Carol, another great giveaway! The illistrations are beautiful. I shared this to Twitter and Pinterest.
Thanks for sharing.
Connie

Julie said...

My kind of book - the artwork is fabulous. I posted the link on my FB page 😃

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Donna, Julie, LInda and Connie for leaving comments. It is a beautiful book for one of you! Julie- I need your email address in case you win!

Diane Buie said...

Carol, thanks for the chance at this giveaway! The book looks totally interesting and full of great pictures. I am a visual learner so, pictures and photos are the best! I enjoyed your review.
buierocks2002@yahoo.com
Diane Buie

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Diane. I think I'm a visual learner too. And thanks for leaving me your email address.

Deborah Allmand said...

Lovely artwork and so good for kids to see and experience.

Carol Baldwin said...

Agreed, Deborah!

Kathy Dykstra said...

This looks like a great book to get for the grandkids!

Gail Hurlburt said...

This looks like a wonderful , colorful book! Grandchildren would LOVE the pictures! So would I! Thanks for offering this interesting book as a give-away!

Jean said...

Gorgeous artwork, of course! My grandson would love this book - he's a budding artist.

Susan said...

Beautiful artwork and I'll be glad to share on FB!
gshke@hotmail.com

Carol Baldwin said...

Thank you Jean, Gail, Susan, and Kathy--for your comments and for sharing! You are all in twice.

Grannyjo said...

Looks like a beautiful book! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity for the giveaway.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Jo. You're in!

Linda Townsend said...

This looks like another wonderful book! How do you find such amazing reads? Thanks for the giveaway! lindalou (at) cfl (dot) rr (dot) com

Linda Townsend said...

Also shared via twitter: https://twitter.com/linda_lindalou/status/1072301143693410304

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, LInda. You're in twice for this book too!

Linda Townsend said...

Thank you, Carol!

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