Was and his final exhibition held in 1972 at the Cooper Union created especially for childrenJeanette Winter whose other picture book biographies include such titles as The Watcher Jane Goodall s Life with the Chimps and The Librarian of Basra A True Story from Ira here crafts an informative read one which encourages children to see Cornell in his natural habitat as he went about his work As an admirer both of Cornell s boxes and Winter s biographies I was excited to discover Mr Cornell s Dream Boxes recently and pleased to find that it lived up to my expectations Both narrative and artwork are appealing presenting the story of a man who followed his passion whether that entailed creating intricate boxes full of objects found around New York City or keeping journals that eventually totaled than 30000 pages The artwork with its dark outlines against white pages in the spread featuring Cornell s house or its muted purplish blues used in depicting the various box themes ably captures its subject matter All in all a lovely little biography one I would recommend to children interested in art or the artistic process With only two books about Joseph Cornell geared towards children this one and The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell this one certainly seems aimed at a ounger audience But the story itself isn t especially engaging and as many have said uite boring His life and interest in arts and bits of th. Aint and collect things With these drawings and paintings and
collected treasures he made marvelous shadowboxes wonderlands covered in glass And who did he most like to share themtreasures he made marvelous shadowboxes wonderlands covered in glass And who did he most like to share them Children of course For they noticed all. It s wonderful to see one of my favorite artist getting the attention he deserves and to be able to introduce my children to his work While I appreciate Jeanette Winter s introduction to Joseph Cornell and his dream boxes this book was written and illustrated at such a introductory level that it would uickly bore many children and their parents The failure to show Cornell s actual artwork leaves the reader hopelessly uneducated about the artist It would have been so easy to layer this book such that readers of all levels would have found something of interest I ve always loved Cornell s boxes There is something so idiosyncratic about them lonely but touching This is a nice introduction that children can easily understand YOU HAD LIVED ON UTOPIA had lived on Utopia not so long ago begins this delightful picture book biography of assemblage artist Joseph Cornell ou might have walked past this house referring to the ueens home of the now famous creator of magical box collages assembled from found objects Cornell neither drew nor painted he made Wonderlands in boxes filled with dreams and memories Employed as a fabric salesman he created these objects for his own pleasure and for the children in his neighborhood whom he considered his primary audience Eventually word spread of his creations and other artists and collectors sought him out Although he achieved great success Cornell never forgot who his true audience. Children oung and old will delight in the artistic splendor of this illustrated nonfiction tale from the author of Henri's Scissors which Booklist called an exemplary picture book biographyJoseph Cornell loved to draw and .