The Secret World of Walter Anderson

By Bass, Hester

Publishers Summary:
Enter the fascinating world of reclusive nature-lover Walter Anderson — perhaps the most famous American artist you’ve never heard of.Residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast thought Walter Anderson was odd, rowing across twelve miles of open water in a leaky skiff to reach Horn, an uninhabited island without running water or electricity. But this solitary artist didn’t much care what they thought as he spent weeks at a time on his personal paradise, sleeping under his boat, sometimes eating whatever washed ashore, sketching and painting the natural surroundings and the animals that became his friends. Here Walter created some of his most brilliant watercolors, work he kept hidden during his lifetime. In a beautifully crafted picture book biography, writer Hester Bass and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis pay homage to an uncompromising American artist.

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ISBN
978-0-76363-583-1
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2009

Gr 2-6 Born in New Orleans in 1903, this naturalist/painter "]may be the most famous American artist you've never heard of." Anderson grew up on the coast of the Mississippi River. He is best known for his Horn Island watercolors. This wild, uninhabited island was his inspiration and refuge for weeks at a timehis only shelter, the rowboat he used to get there. He would climb trees and wade in the w...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

For Walter Anderson, "to paint on Horn Island was to be in paradise." Bass's lyrical text describes Anderson's visits to the is...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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