My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Step back in time to seventeenth-century Paris with Thérèse, a talented young girl who lives and works at the Gobelins Manufactory, where Europe’s greatest artisans make tapestries and luxury objects for King Louis XIV. Even though girls are not trained on the great looms there, Thérèse practices on a small one at home and dreams of becoming a royal weaver someday.
This charming story follows Thérèse as she carries out an ambitious plan with the help of family, friends, and the artisans of the Gobelins. The intricate craft of tapestry weaving is illuminated, and surprises await Thérèse, her parents and brothers, and even the king himself. Children’s book author Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs here breathes vivid life into a delightful tale full of fun twists and an appealing cast of characters.
Original paintings by award-winning artist Renée Graef playfully illustrate the book, as well as the many steps involved in the creation of the famous Gobelins tapestries, from dyeing wool and making silver thread, to painting and copying the elaborate designs, to the delicate art of weaving.
Thérèse’s fictional adventures are inspired by real people, the actual Gobelins Manufactory, and a beautiful tapestry that hangs today in the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Rating: 5 Charming Stars
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Thérèse makes a gift for her father
Overall: Well thought out, and masterfully written!
The cover is what caught my attention. I have always loved the painted look, (The Story of the Candy Cane was my favorite as a child!) This book didn't disappoint. Transporting the reader into a different time and place with beautiful pictures, and a master of words. Both a history lesson, and a charming story. I loved seeing Thérèse as she poured her heart into her gift, and the surprise at the end! A beautiful story that is sure to please!
Did I mention I love this book?! Well I do. Beautiful pictures, historically accurate, and told in such a charming way? Yep! This is my idea of the perfect children's book (but I'm biased, as those were always my favorite growing up!) It's been a while since I have found and read a new title written in this style, but I will definitely be on the look out for more, as well as keeping up with the author, one of my new favorite children's authors, and the illustrator, who I was also introduced to by this lovely book!
Alexandra Hinrichs, writer, reader, historian, librarian, and explorer.
I am the author of the picture book, Thérèse Makes A Tapestry, published by Getty Publications (March 2016).
I have MAs in History (History of Childhood) and Library & Information Studies (Youth Services) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I earned my undergraduate degree from Colgate University, where I majored in History and French. My previous job experience includes working as a historical researcher at American Girl and a substitute youth services librarian at Middleton Public Library, both located in Middleton, Wisconsin. More recently I moonlighted as a children’s bookseller at The Briar Patch in Bangor, Maine. Once upon a time I also taught kindergarten at a private Thai school in Bangkok.
Now I am a full-time writer and mother to two small boys.Author Links:
About the Illistrator:
Renée Graef is an award-winning illustrator of over 80 books. Her latest book, Thèrése Makes a Tapestry, debuted during the opening of the Woven Gold exhibit at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit displays selected French tapestries made during the reign of King Louis XIV and includes two of the tapestries which provided the inspiration for Thèrése Makes a Tapestry. The book and a summary are available at the Getty Store.