Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Secret World of Walter Anderson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Review - The Secret World of Walter Anderson

The Secret World of Walter Anderson

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About the Book
Enter the fascinating world of reclusive nature-lover Walter Anderson — perhaps the most famous American artist you’ve never heard of.

Residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast thought Walter Anderson was odd, rowing across twelve miles of open water in a leaky skiff to reach Horn, an uninhabited island without running water or electricity. But this solitary artist didn’t much care what they thought as he spent weeks at a time on his personal paradise, sleeping under his boat, sometimes eating whatever washed ashore, sketching and painting the natural surroundings and the animals that became his friends. Here Walter created some of his most brilliant watercolors, work he kept hidden during his lifetime. In a beautifully crafted picture book biography, writer Hester Bass and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis pay homage to an uncompromising American artist.

My Take on the Book
When I read this book i thought how sad it was that his family and friends had not known what an amazing artist he was while he was alive. Walter Anderson kept his talents hidden and it was not until he passed away that his wife found his art in his little workshop. Walter became known for his sketches and paintings from his trips to Horn Island.His studio and art work were saved from Hurricane Katrina and are in display in the Smithsonian.

Hester Bass has written a sensitive story about this gifted man. She helps the reader to know that Walter was not always understood by the community in which he lived.Hester's biography will take you into his world of the animals and plants that he loved and sketched/painted.

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