While browsing the shelves of an open-air book fair, I picked up a book on the artist Mary Anna Robertson, a.k.a. Grandma Moses. Two things struck me: she painted the same part of upstate New York over and over again, through all seasons; and she always included lots of children. Instantly, I thought of a picture book for the primary grade reader that told her story and presented a dozen or more of her paintings. Add excerpts from her memoirs on every page and even the intermediate and middle grade reader might like this book.
Grandma Moses's own words, excerpted from her memoirs, and reproductions of her evocative primitive paintings provide a solid foundation for this appealing volume.... Aimed at considerably more advanced readers, Moses's own writing effortlessly brings children back to the era of her childhood as she describes the diversions of each season. —Publishers Weekly
[Grandma Moses's] words inform older readers about the routines, pleasures, and disappointments of her childhood farm life while the author's text offers a starting point for looking at the pictures with young children.... Nikola-Lisa's careful selections and spare approach effectively convey the spirit of this self-taught, spirited woman. —Library School Journal