Reviews for Henry Ossawa Tanner : His Boyhood Dream Comes True

Booklist Reviews 2012 February #2
Using reproductions of the artist's paintings and family photographs, Ringgold provides a brief text and illustrations of her own to depict one of the most famous nineteenth-century African American artists, Henry Ossawa Tanner, to young readers. The account starts with Tanner's decision to become an artist, at age 13, after seeing a painter at work in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Brief information about Tanner's family is included, but the focus is on his studies, his struggles, and the acclaim he has received--including being the first African American artist to have a painting placed in the White House. The design of the book is simple yet appealing, with a pleasing mix of well-placed photographs, 13 reproductions of Tanner's artwork, and a sprinkling of Ringgold's illustrations, all against lightly colored pages. Published in conjunction with an exhibit of Tanner's work, this is a fine introduction to the artist for a young audience, though the absence of back matter limits its use as a reference tool. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.