Little People: Georgia O’Keeffe
I’m a big fan of the Little People series. If you haven’t come across them before, they are short biopics about someone who has been influential, such as Georgia O’Keeffe. I feel like sometimes, as teachers, we show children the work of artists and just expect them to get it. We were doing a unit on plants and it made sense to look at Georgia’s magnificent paintings of flowers. By using this book as an entry point, the children had some background into the artist and how she ended up focusing on the painting of flowers; especially her style of painting on a huge scale, yet close up.
The book itself, like all of the Little People series, is short and easy to read. It’s a whistle stop tour through her life but it was enough information for my class. I found that the children were able to recall the information they had discovered and used it in other areas of their learning. Some of them wrote mini biographies to go along with their own versions of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. They became mini experts and shared their knowledge with other people in the school.