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A Picture for Marc

Written by Eric A. KimmelAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrated by Matthew TruemanAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Matthew Trueman


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On Sale: July 08, 2009
Pages: 112 | ISBN: 978-0-307-54209-0
Published by : Random House Books for Young Readers RH Childrens Books
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GROWING UP IN Russia in the late 1800s, Marc Chagall doesn't know what art is. He doesn't even know what drawing is until one of his
schoolmates shows him how to trace a picture in a magazine. Marc tries it himself, then decides to pull pictures out of his own mind - his Uncle Noah on the roof, giant chickens, flying cows, happy men with fiddles, and women with lambs. Suddenly Marc knows what he wants to do with his life. He wants to be an artist!

From the Hardcover edition.
Eric A. Kimmel

About Eric A. Kimmel

Eric A. Kimmel - A Picture for Marc
Eric A. Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1946. After graduating from Lafayette College in 1967, he worked as a teacher and librarian in New York and the United States Virgin Islands. In 1973 he completed his doctorate in education at the University of Illinois. He and his wife Doris live in Portland, Oregon, where Dr. Kimmel was formerly Professor of Education at Portland State University.

A noted storyteller, Dr. Kimmel has performed for children and adults throughout the United States. He is a nationally known authority on literature for children, as well as a frequent contributor to Cricket magazine. His many interests include bird watching, baking bread, brewing beer, spinning, traveling by train, and riding horses. His latest accomplishment is learning to play the banjo.

"I love old things: old books, old pictures, old tools, old songs, and especially old stories. My earliest memories are of my grandmother telling me stories she remembered from her own childhood in Europe. The best present I ever received was a volume of Grimm's Fairy Tales, which I loved so much that I literally read it to pieces. Somehow, I always knew that I was going to be a writer when I grew up, and that I would share the stories I loved so much with others.

"Sometimes someone will say, 'But you changed the story!' Of course I did. I always do. So does every storyteller. Stories aren't dead relics, preserved in a jar or stuffed and put into a glass case for people to gawk at. They are alive, and like all living things they grow and change. You are not the same person you were yesterday. You are not the person you will be tomorrow. So it is with stories. They change each time they are told. They change with each teller. They change as they move across continents and generations. That is why I find being a teller of tales so exciting. It allows me to add something of myself to each story, just as each story adds something of itself to me."

Eric Kimmel is well known for his humorous original tales, including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. He lives in Portland, Oregon.



“For this fictionalized account, Kimmel takes only the bare bones of Chagall’s story—the Russian village, the influential art teacher, the worried parents—to get across what is truly important: to follow your dream.”—Kirkus Reviews

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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