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Abiah Rose has always wanted to paint pictures.

"Best not, Abiah Rose," everyone says. Serious painting is "not girl's work." Best not show your paintings. Best not sign them either. But still Abiah continues to make her mark on each of her paintings: a small, hidden rose.

A moving story of feminine strength and perseverance, Signed, Abiah Rose honors the everyday struggles of anonymous women artists whose only encouragement was their own inborn drive to create.

Review:

"With sturdy acrylic illustrations and a strong early American voice, newcomer Browning tells the story of a girl with a gift for portraiture and a host of relatives who aren't comfortable encouraging her. 'Best not,' says her father to a request for Abiah to paint a cousin's picture. 'Serious painting is not girl's work.' 'Best not,' says Uncle Albion to Abiah's request to sign her work. He lets Abiah spend the summer with him in his wagon, however, selling her Bible pictures. 'Tis good work, but will be appreciated more if you don't sign it, child.... A female painter's work will never be as highly valued.' Yet Abiah presses ahead with plans to set up a portrait shop. Abiah's voice is honest and distinctive: 'I asked if I should sign my name to Flight, but Mama cautioned me against being prideful. So instead, I began making my own mark upon my pictures: a tiny rose.' Delicious 19th-century period touches appear throughout: a dogcart piled with painting supplies; a solemn baby in a nightdress sitting for its portrait. A winning combination of historical fiction and creative resolve. Ages 5 — 7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Diane Browning perfectly captures the voice, colors, and quiet passion of a nineteenth-century girl who is born reaching for a paintbrush instead of a rattle. A rose by any other name is — Abiah!" Alexis O’Neill, author of The Recess Queen and Loud Emily

Review:

"Handsome and endearing, this picture book is a promising debut for Browning." (Starred Review) Booklist

Review:

"I love this little book, which manages in a few well-chosen scenes and wonderful art to tell the imagined story of one of the many women artists — almost all anonymous — who painted in the early years of the American townships. It is a story of talent, perseverance, and challenge." Jane Yolen, award-winning author of Owl Moon, My Uncle Emily, and three hundred other books for children

Review:

"I loved this book! The words and the old-fashioned art are equally charming and acquaint us with a little-known aspect of Americana. I say, 'Hurray for Abiah Rose!'" Eve Bunting, award-winning author of more than one hundred books for children

Review:

"Lyrically and authentically written and illustrated by Diane Browning, this book has influenced me to stand taller as a woman artist. Read this book — it will give you the courage to claim your space in the world. Bravo!" April Halprin Wayland, award-winning author of New Year at the Pier

Review:

As a girl who had to write, I was drawn to this story of a girl who had to paint. Her story charmed me, and I believe it will charm you, too." Karen Cushman, Newbery Medal–winning author of The Midwife’s Apprentice

Synopsis:

  Abiah Rose has always wanted to paint pictures.

 

“Best not, Abiah Rose,” everyone says. Serious painting is “not girl’s work.” Best not show your paintings. Best not sign them either. But still Abiah continues to make her mark on each of her paintings: a small, hidden rose.

 

A moving story of feminine strength and perseverance, Signed, Abiah Rose honors the everyday struggles of anonymous women artists whose only encouragement was their own inborn drive to create.

About the Author

Diane Browning majored in Illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She also studied with acclaimed children’s book author-illustrator Uri Schulevitz. Diane lives in Blue Jay, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582463117
Author:
Browning, Diane
Publisher:
Tricycle Press
Subject:
Art/Architecture
Subject:
Art (painting sculpture artists architecture etc.)
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Children s Art-General
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.30x8.92x.38 in. 1.02 lbs.
Age Level:
05-07

Related Subjects

Children's » Activities » Art
Children's » Art » Artists
Children's » Art » General
Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » 19th Century
Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » General

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Product details 32 pages Tricycle Press - English 9781582463117 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With sturdy acrylic illustrations and a strong early American voice, newcomer Browning tells the story of a girl with a gift for portraiture and a host of relatives who aren't comfortable encouraging her. 'Best not,' says her father to a request for Abiah to paint a cousin's picture. 'Serious painting is not girl's work.' 'Best not,' says Uncle Albion to Abiah's request to sign her work. He lets Abiah spend the summer with him in his wagon, however, selling her Bible pictures. 'Tis good work, but will be appreciated more if you don't sign it, child.... A female painter's work will never be as highly valued.' Yet Abiah presses ahead with plans to set up a portrait shop. Abiah's voice is honest and distinctive: 'I asked if I should sign my name to Flight, but Mama cautioned me against being prideful. So instead, I began making my own mark upon my pictures: a tiny rose.' Delicious 19th-century period touches appear throughout: a dogcart piled with painting supplies; a solemn baby in a nightdress sitting for its portrait. A winning combination of historical fiction and creative resolve. Ages 5 — 7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Diane Browning perfectly captures the voice, colors, and quiet passion of a nineteenth-century girl who is born reaching for a paintbrush instead of a rattle. A rose by any other name is — Abiah!"
"Review" by , "Handsome and endearing, this picture book is a promising debut for Browning." (Starred Review)
"Review" by , "I love this little book, which manages in a few well-chosen scenes and wonderful art to tell the imagined story of one of the many women artists — almost all anonymous — who painted in the early years of the American townships. It is a story of talent, perseverance, and challenge." Jane Yolen, award-winning author of Owl Moon, My Uncle Emily, and three hundred other books for children
"Review" by , "I loved this book! The words and the old-fashioned art are equally charming and acquaint us with a little-known aspect of Americana. I say, 'Hurray for Abiah Rose!'"
"Review" by , "Lyrically and authentically written and illustrated by Diane Browning, this book has influenced me to stand taller as a woman artist. Read this book — it will give you the courage to claim your space in the world. Bravo!"
"Review" by , As a girl who had to write, I was drawn to this story of a girl who had to paint. Her story charmed me, and I believe it will charm you, too."
"Synopsis" by ,   Abiah Rose has always wanted to paint pictures.

 

“Best not, Abiah Rose,” everyone says. Serious painting is “not girl’s work.” Best not show your paintings. Best not sign them either. But still Abiah continues to make her mark on each of her paintings: a small, hidden rose.

 

A moving story of feminine strength and perseverance, Signed, Abiah Rose honors the everyday struggles of anonymous women artists whose only encouragement was their own inborn drive to create.

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