"Pleased with her plan, Thérèse went to bed. She dreamed that she wove a palace out of gold yarn for her whole family to live in."
Thérèse holds her breath as the king stared. What would the king think of her work? What would he say if he found out a girl had woven it? What would Papa say? And would Papa ever know that this tapestry was her gift to him? Readers will just have to get a copy of Thérèse Makes a Tapestry to find out.
Thérèse Makes a Tapestry weaves art-history as colorfully as the one that inspired its writing--the tapestry that hangs in the J. Paul Getty Museum today. This well-researched picture-book is gorgeously illustrated by Renée Graef, and is beautifully written by Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs. The yarn is so expertly woven that readers will be surprised to discover that the young, female heroine, Thérèse, is fictional. But the journey back to where Thérèse lives and works with her family of weavers--the bustling Gobelins Manufactory of 7th Century Paris--is so real that readers will nonetheless feel transported through time. Elementary-school art teachers everywhere should own a copy of Thérèse Makes a Tapestry for their classroom libraries, for this story is sure to inspire many of today's young artists.
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Illustrations are used with permission from the publisher and are subject to copyright.
(C) Renée Graef, Getty Publications, 2016