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Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers

Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers

The Life of Marc Chagall in Verse

By J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen


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To do something “with seven fingers” is a Yiddish expression meaning to do something well or adroitly. Marc Chagall was a Russian Jew and a wandering dreamer. From his humble hometown of Vitebsk, Belarus, he went out to take in the world—the grandeur of St. Petersburg, the romance of Paris, the freedom of New York. Through wars, Nazi persecution, and the passing of nine decades, he found love, pioneered techniques in modernism, and painted. Above all, he painted. Fourteen of Chagall’s works are here vividly reproduced and accompanied by the poems of notable children’s writers J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen in this colorful celebration of a most remarkable artist.

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Size: 7-1/4 x 10-1/4 in;
Pages: 40 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: August 2011
ISBN: 9781568462110
ISBN10: 1568462115
J. Patrick Lewis spent years as an economics professor before finding his passion as a writer. Today he holds an esteemed reputation in children’s publishing, having authored more than 60 picture books, including such acclaimed titles as Black Cat Bone and The House. In 2011 he was named The Children's Poet Laureate by the The Poetry Foundation.

Jane Yolen has been called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America” due to her significant contributions to children’s literature, especially her original and collected fairy tales. She has written more than 300 books, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Owl Moon.