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Art books for second graders

From Paris to the American West: the lives and visions of artists from around the world.

By Hank Pellissier

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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
By Michelle Markel, illustrated by Amanda Hall

Henri Rosseau was a self-taught painter of jungles and wild animals. Critics sneered at his artwork, but he continued to paint his exotic visions. Today his naif scenarios are acclaimed as masterpieces. Children will root for this humble man who believed in himself despite negative feedback. With vibrant, imaginative illustrations.

Hank Pellissier is a freelance writer whose fiction and essays have been been widely published and anthologized. A former columnist for Salon and SF Gate, he is a regular contributor to h+ Magazine.