Hester Bass's Secret World of Walter Anderson is a wonderfully written story about a gifted artist that has received too little recognition. Walter Anderson spent much of his life in the company of his "animal buddies" on Horn Island. Neighbors and residents alike in this nonfiction biography had no idea that the seemingly odd Walter had a hidden talent. For most of his life, the only notable thing about him seemed to be his fondness for Horn Island, an unremarkable and uninhabited island that most people prefered to steer clear of. Hester Bass takes us on a unique journey where we discover that the island provides beautiful inspiration for Walter's secret hobby. To quote Bass, "Art was an adventure and Walter Anderson was Explorer, first class."
E.B. Lewis's soft watercolors are perfectly paired to this story. This is an easy read, and proves Bass's expertise as a children's author, and yet it also inspires all of us to appreciate the art and beauty in the world around us.
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ISBN 0763671177 EAN 9780763671174 Target Group 8 to 12 years Publisher Candlewick Press Publish Date Aug 5, 2014 Copyright Date Jan 1, 1970 Binding Paperback
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- A Biographical Treasure
Alright, honestly I had never heard of Walter Anderson, but Hester Bass tells her readers that they probably know little of her subject within the first lines of The Secret World of Walter Anderson.
Not only is this book a charming biography that brings the reader closer to a great American artist who deserves some recognition, it is beautifully illustrated by E.B. Lewis in delicate and captivating water colors that add character to the already compelling story of Anderson.
We learn about the reclusive Anderson who would spend days and even weeks on Horn Island off the coast of Mississippi, communing with nature and painting the beauty of the landscapes and all those creatures which crossed his paths on beautiful and sometimes turbulent Gulf Coast days. Anderson weathered the terrain and elements to capture life as he saw it on the Island, and in doing so, left quite a legacy for those who would later liken him to artists like Vincent Van Gogh.
The Secret World of Walter Anderson is worthwhile in so many ways. This is an easy and rich read, one that will introduce you to a man who exhibited great talent and had a unique outlook on life that would enrich the lives of others for decades even after his death. For art lovers, for history lovers, and for lovers of the world that is the Gulf Coast of the United States, The Secret World of Walter Anderson is nothing short of a treasure.