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One late spring morning the American artist Jackson Pollock began work on the canvas that would ultimately come to be known as Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist).

Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan use this moment as the departure point for a unique picture book about a great painter and the way in which he worked. Their lyrical text, drawn from Pollock's own comments and those made by members of his immediate circle, is perfectly complemented by vibrant watercolors by Robert Andrew Parker that honor his spirit of the artist without imitating his paintings.

A photographic reproduction of the finished painting, a short biography, a bibliography, and a detailed list of notes and sources that are fascinating reading in their own right make this an authoritative as well as beautiful book for readers of all ages.

Action Jackson is a Sibert Honor Book, a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312367510
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 04/17/2007
Series: Robert F. Sibert Honor Bks.
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 75,817
Product dimensions: 9.98(w) x 10.58(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan are the authors of award winning children’s and young adult books about art including Chuck Close: Up Close (A Boston Glove-Horn Book Honor Book and Norman O. Sugarman Award winner); and Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist and Action Jackson, which were both Sibert Award Honor Books.

Robert Andrew Parker is a fine artist and printmaker whose work often appears in publications such as The New Yorker. His numerous children's books include Mr. Wellington and Cold Feet, winner of the 2002 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.

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Action Jackson 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
edspicer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the end of the school year I always have my first graders write letter about what they want to be when they grow up (and what they will need to learn to be ready). One year Evan, a remarkable first grade artist, wrote that he wanted to be Jackson Pollack when he grows up. This book is the reason why! Each year we play jazz, practice sitting, practice closing our eyes until pictures form, and practice being Jackson after reading this book. Students get to run around huge pieces of butcher block paper with a stick filled with paint (washable paint!) and shake paint unto the page. Then we roll up up our sleeves and use our fingers to make swirls and other fun shapes and effects. When the paint dries we look for things that will make us think or feel without feeling compelled to "understand" or explain the artwork, just like we do with good poetry. This is one of the books I always read to my students each year. It's wonderful (as are the other books by Greenberg and Jordan mentioned below).
theblindlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Action JacksonBy Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan2007, Square Fish, Holtzbrink PublishersRobert F. Sibert Honor BookReview by Debra Louise ScottThis is an ¿imagined¿ biography of the artist Jackson Pollock. The narrative is lyrical, almost poetic, as the authors describe what they imagine would have been going through Pollock¿s mind as he created his improvisational abstracts. The words made me want to pick up my own dusty art supplies and throw some paint around to try to capture the song of a bird or the intersections between the trees. This would be an excellent book for a children¿s art class, to encourage them to put their whole selves into their work and not be tied to what they think the adult wants them to create. At the back of the book is an actual biography of Pollock, a section on notes and sources, and a bibliography for more information. I would recommend that the teacher or parent have a little familiarity with his work before picking this one up to read to the children.
lauraejensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a simple, beautiful, fast-moving book which knits fact and fiction together to analyze 2 months of Pollock's life in which he created his cosmic painting, Number 1, 1950, or "Lavender Mist." This is an entertaining, dizzying, and original read. Inspirational in the classroom to do a class activity of 'splatter painting' or whole body painting, to discuss modern art, art theory, also opens doors for children who may not feel that they are 'good' at art.
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a concise description of Jackson Pollock's artistic process. The language is clear and pace moves rapidly. The author has selected interesting and informative details to include. The illustrations are line drawings with watercolor, and capture the movement and energy of Pollock's artistic process.
laurenryates on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Story was a small slice of life on Jackson Pollock's method of work. It describes how he created his paintings using regular house paint in a small shed converted into a studio behind his house. The story was very visual with illustrations done in watercolor. I felt the story was slightly dull in that it did not go into his emotions or how he felt about his work.
Sandra305 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book--I feel I'm right there with Jackson Pollock in his barn studio as he lays his huge canvas on the floor and begins to paint. His painting is like a "dance" as he works from all angles and perspectives, and the end result is what he calls "energy and motion made visible." The text is lyrical and mesmerizing and the watercolor illustrations complement the text beautifully. The source notes at the end of the book add additional depth to the biography, and I think this is a book for all ages. Highly Recommended!
kmeling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fictional story, based around comments from Jackson Pollock's friends and his own quotes, about his process of painting "Lavender Mist" in 1950. Interesting watercolor illustrations compared to how Pollock painted.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just would like to say that the name Pollock is spelled incorrectly, many times. That is very disturbing, something Pollock himself was rather upset about (yes, even in those days). So it is not Pollack, with an 'a', but Pollock with an 'o'. Come on now, try to act interested!