Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"A Painting Celebrating Literature"...

Boy Reading Adventure Story
The Saturday Evening Post, November 10, 1923
by Norman Rockwell
Collection of George Lucas

Boy Reading Adventure Story is about the power of the written word to transport a child to a distant land and time. George Lucas commented, "It's a painting celebrating literature, the magic that happens when you read a story, and the story comes alive for you." When working on STAR WARS, he said, "I realized that you could still sit and dream about exotic lands and strange creatures."

Click on the link to see a slideshow of the whole exhibition online: Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg


  1. The boys in my pre-school class...who are either 4 or 5 are all into Star Wars. I do love Norman Rockwell, and this one in particular where the boy imagines himself the hero!!!

  2. Note Rockwell's deliberate alteration of the rules of aerial perspective, allowing the boy's imagined face to clearly register because it is darkened beyond the parameters the artist established in the 'dream' image, lest readers miss this crucial point.