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Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits Of Fifty Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff (2014)

by James Gulliver Hancock(Favorite Author)
3.76 of 5 Votes: 2
1452114560 (ISBN13: 9781452114569)
Chronicle Books
review 1: I borrowed this from my library to put onto my Kindle--what a strange book to "read" on a device! My screen is one of the smaller models, so I couldn't read everything written, but I got the gist--and I think it's a clever concept, a nice gift book, OR, as I'm seeing in the comments, a really smart tool to use in the classroom. I could imagine this as being a good book to use in a creative writing class on writing portrait poems or finding a way to take a few elements and develop character (clearly would work better if students picked a person they are not familiar enough with in the first place). Or a way for younger students to pick a historical figure to study more in depth. Or for art students, etc.
review 2: I just finished a 3 day workshop with Leslie
... more Maniotes on guided inquiry. This would be such a great book to use as a foundation for almost any kind of research--especially if you allow the students to choose what they include in their "portraits." Of course, it would only be a beginning but would be great for the beginning stages and could be used as part (but not all, at least for older students) of the share. It also is great because it's a way to go beyond "bird units" and let kids do more than do research that is just finding answers to questions. less
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A quick and quirky read to find out some fun facts of fifty famous people. Worth checking out!
Loved this book. Can't wait to turn the art maps in this book into a class project.
Awesome book for a reluctant reader with tons of information in a kid friendly way!
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