A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

Evie Robillard


Here's an insider's tour of the fascinating lives of Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, amusingly addressed directly to the reader. It explores the couple's art collection, their famous writer and artist friends and even their dog, Basket. It also describes how Gertrude's book, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, was not about Alice, but was more about Gertrude herself.

A celebration of creativity and the creative process, this original and very readable picture book biography champions two women who dared to live unconventional lives. In playful free verse, author Evie Robillard offers a unique introduction to one of the most influential figures of twentieth-century art and literature.

It includes twelve child-friendly quotations from Stein's work, such as: 'It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.' Illustrator Rachel Katstaller's fun yet detailed art delightfully evokes the time and place of the text. Touching on literature, history, writing and the visual arts, this biography offers loads of direct curriculum applications. Back matter includes a time-line, 'snapshots,' sources and an author's note with further background.

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