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Action Jackson [Read] ➳ Action Jackson By Jan Greenberg – Polishdarling.co.uk One late spring morning the American artist Jackson Pollock began work on the canvas that would ultimately come to be known as Number , Lavender MistAward winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jor One late spring morning the American artist Jackson Pollock began work on the canvas that would ultimately come to be known as Number ,Lavender MistAward winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan use this moment as the departure point for a unique picture book about a great painter and the way in which he worked Their lyrical text, drawn from Pollock s own comments and those made by members of his immediate circle, is perfectly complemented by vibrant watercolors by Robert Andrew Parker that honor his spirit of the artist without imitating his paintingsA photographic reproduction of the finished painting, a short biography, a bibliography, and a detailed list of notes and sources that are fascinating reading in their own right make this an authoritative as well as beautiful book for readers of all ages Action Jackson is a Sibert Honor Book, a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.


10 thoughts on “Action Jackson

  1. Jeff Corrigan Jeff Corrigan says:

    What I love about this book besides the great pictures and story is that it is written for a wide age range of readers 6 10 The majority of the books is written for the lower age range with short passages and great illustrations For theadvanced reader though the end of the book has ain depth text heavy two page biography on Pollack along with a list followed by notes, sources, and a bibliography for theadvanced readers As a historian I also like that the book is authentic What I love about this book besides the great pictures and story is that it is written for a wide age range of readers 6 10 The majority of the books is written for the lower age range with short passages and great illustrations For theadvanced reader though the end of the book has ain depth text heavy two page biography on Pollack along with a list followed by notes, sources, and a bibliography for theadvanced readers As a historian I also like that the book is authentic to Pollack s life, and although it is only a brief mention the authors did not shy away from the fact that Pollack suffered from alcoholism and depression The authors did their due diligence with their research too, because I was pleased to see referenced Thomas Hart Benton who was Pollack s art teacher for many years Two thumbs up The Librarian Uncle


  2. liv liv says:

    This is an analysis review on behalf of Columbia College Chicago s Children s Literature course The following review may have some spoilers, but please read on and discus with me. view spoiler Jan Greenburg and Sandra Jordan present an account of Jackson Pollock s creative process in the form of this 2014 children s book However, while experiencing, it readslike a chapter out of a book about Pollock set to illustration very traditionally written, set, and described Based on the inten This is an analysis review on behalf of Columbia College Chicago s Children s Literature course The following review may have some spoilers, but please read on and discus with me. view spoiler Jan Greenburg and Sandra Jordan present an account of Jackson Pollock s creative process in the form of this 2014 children s book However, while experiencing, it readslike a chapter out of a book about Pollock set to illustration very traditionally written, set, and described Based on the intended audience, according to Scholastic s Book Wizard, it s a great stepping stone book for students in third through fifth grade, but may be better understood as a whole both topically and implicitly later in their years, potentially early middle school.To help understand how the text in question relates to the art in focus, I ve created the Art Work Synthesis AWS scale, to better pair similar texts together that share common uses of the reproductions of the art Action Jackson has an AWS level of 3, which means that art is present, mentioned and is of foreground, primary focus guiding the story line Other books that share an AWS level of 3 are Edward Hooper Paints His World Robert Burleigh and Matisse s Garden Samantha Friedman For Action Jackson, there is one reproduction present, on page 22, but the illustration style of the text matches the style and mood of Pollock as an artist The story line directly talks about his process in creating Lavender Mist and there are direct quotes from interviews supporting the process There is also accompanying biography, and further reproductions in the back of the text The main problems with Action Jackson as a children s book is that the title may be deceiving to some I say this because the text feels the opposite of action While the action is in the painting, children who are not directly interested in painting may feel bored, and maybe even confused by a lot of the metaphors that are in place On top of that, the quoted words pose no beneficial support to the text, except to give direct word For example, on page 20, it appears that he is speaking to himself when he says the painting has a life of its own I try to let it come through Is he speaking to himself Is he speaking to someone Is this just a thought that he has to himself I feel that without that quote, the story would be able to continue as normal.Without a background interest, or during a particular lesson about painting, I feel that Action Jackson seems to be a book that children would best experience with the help of an adult, to support conversation and questions that may arise The plot does introduce familiar vocabulary in a new way, but the build to the climax is lost in the monotone presentation of the text The narrator is the one that shines, giving lots of detail and observation into Pollock s process, but because of the style of writing, and the mood of the book, it readslike a chapter out of book about his process, with illustrations supporting it Finally, the character of Pollock is very flat we don t learn to much about him and all The quotes try to give us that insight, but they seem misplaced It s a calming, professionally presented children s tale about a classic, modern artist Scholastic places this book ideally at the end of third grade, however I feel it would be better experienced, andworthwhile, if it were placed in fifth to eight grade art classes, where they can have supporting discussion about his craft hide spoiler


  3. Chasity Russell Chasity Russell says:

    Curricular Connections I would use this book to read out loud to my students as we learn many lessons about different kinds of art and paints Then I will have my students create something using different kinds of paint and water colors and even different kinds of colorful paste that students could use for painting We would make it fun by using whip cream and other things that are like whip cream that is edible It s all about being creative These TEKS will help to incorporate the lessons and Curricular Connections I would use this book to read out loud to my students as we learn many lessons about different kinds of art and paints Then I will have my students create something using different kinds of paint and water colors and even different kinds of colorful paste that students could use for painting We would make it fun by using whip cream and other things that are like whip cream that is edible It s all about being creative These TEKS will help to incorporate the lessons and activities for students 117.102 Art, Kindergarten, Adopted 2013 b Knowledge and skills 1 Foundations observation and perception The student develops and expands visual literacy skills using critical thinking, imagination, and the senses to observe and explore the world by learning about, understanding, and applying the elements of art, principles of design, and expressive qualities The student uses what the student sees, knows, and has experienced as sources for examining, understanding, and creating artworks The student is expected to A gather information from subjects in the environment using the senses and B identify the elements of art, including line, shape, color, texture, and form, and the principles of design, including repetition pattern and balance, in the environment 2 Creative expression The student communicates ideas through original artworks using a variety of media with appropriate skills The student expresses thoughts and ideas creatively while challenging the imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and progressive problem solving skills The student is expected to A create artworks using a variety of lines, shapes, colors, textures, and forms B arrange components intuitively to create artworks and C use a variety of materials to develop manipulative skills while engaging in opportunities for exploration through drawing, painting, printmaking, constructing artworks, and sculpting, including modeled forms 3 Historical and cultural relevance The student demonstrates an understanding of art history and culture by analyzing artistic styles, historical periods, and a variety of cultures The student develops global awareness and respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures The student is expected to A identify simple subjects expressed in artworks B share ideas about personal experiences such as family and friends and develop awareness and sensitivity to differing experiences and opinions through artwork C identify the uses of art in everyday life and D relate visual art concepts to other disciplines


  4. Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) says:

    I found this to be an interesting take on the work of Jackson Pollack The speculation of how he worked and thought mixed in with actual facts made for a fun story for elementary students.


  5. Jess Bergoine Jess Bergoine says:

    Summary One afternoon, Jackson Pollock is preparing to begin a painting Throughout the book, the reader learns Jackson Pollock s style, tools, and inspiration for his paintings Towards the end of the book, we learn that this painting is what we know as Number 1 The book concludes with Jackson Pollock beginning another painting.Review Jackson Pollock is one of my favorite artists, and I was so happy to find this beautiful picture book about him I enjoyed the style used by the illustrator, Summary One afternoon, Jackson Pollock is preparing to begin a painting Throughout the book, the reader learns Jackson Pollock s style, tools, and inspiration for his paintings Towards the end of the book, we learn that this painting is what we know as Number 1 The book concludes with Jackson Pollock beginning another painting.Review Jackson Pollock is one of my favorite artists, and I was so happy to find this beautiful picture book about him I enjoyed the style used by the illustrator, and I felt that it went well with Jackson Pollock s uniqueness Jackson Pollock s biography and other work appear at the end of the book, which is an excellent addition Pair I would pair the book, Action Jackson, with the book, The Noisy Paint Box The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky s Abstract Art, by Barb Rosenstock Since Jackson Pollock and Vasya Kandinsky are both crucial figures in abstract art, it would be exciting for children to learn about both The stories of Jackson Pollock and Vasya Kandinsky teach children how amazing the imagination is Quote One quote that I think children would like is, But everyone will agree Jackson Pollock is doing something original, painting in a way that no one has ever seen before I think this quote, along with the painting, Number 1, inspires children to be themselves Children don t have to do what everyone else is doing to be great whatever they create is special and unique


  6. Blaine Gerdes Blaine Gerdes says:

    I loved reading this book and thought it would be a great way for children to become acquainted with Jackson Pollock The illustrations were amazing because they were all painted, but the darker colors may not appeal to readers The book provides great insight for readers into his life, at the end of the book there is a summary about Pollock s life including all the sources I thought it was very interesting and that I learned a lot from the book about Pollock and how he takes his time with his I loved reading this book and thought it would be a great way for children to become acquainted with Jackson Pollock The illustrations were amazing because they were all painted, but the darker colors may not appeal to readers The book provides great insight for readers into his life, at the end of the book there is a summary about Pollock s life including all the sources I thought it was very interesting and that I learned a lot from the book about Pollock and how he takes his time with his artwork and leaves it after he has started and comes back to it to complete it


  7. Tawanda Dabney Tawanda Dabney says:

    The main character Jackson Pollock was not the typical artist He did not use an easel for his canvas He would spread it out like a flat sheet of paper He did not use artist paint He would use house paint He would sit and watch the canvas before he would paint This character was very creative and eclectic style of painting This book is intriguing It tells about a real painter I really enjoyed reading this book to my daughter.


  8. Olivia Hoist Olivia Hoist says:

    Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg10 6 185 5Nonfiction biography, Grades 2 5This book was a great way to introduce the artist Jackson Pollock He is such an interesting artist and used random objects to paint I think that this book is great for an elementary art class This book was an easy read, but it did a good job of teaching me the style of Jackson s work I highly recommend


  9. Cindy Cindy says:

    Seibert awardJackson Pollock is an amazing artist He describes his work as energy and motion made visible when he began making the now iconic paintings , people were confused, angry, happy, excited and no matter the personal response, they all agreed, Jackson was onto something new, original unique.


  10. n n says:

    The illustrations areinteresting than both the story and Jackson Pollock.


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10 thoughts on “Action Jackson

  1. Jeff Corrigan Jeff Corrigan says:

    What I love about this book besides the great pictures and story is that it is written for a wide age range of readers 6 10 The majority of the books is written for the lower age range with short passages and great illustrations For theadvanced reader though the end of the book has ain depth text heavy two page biography on Pollack along with a list followed by notes, sources, and a bibliography for theadvanced readers As a historian I also like that the book is authentic What I love about this book besides the great pictures and story is that it is written for a wide age range of readers 6 10 The majority of the books is written for the lower age range with short passages and great illustrations For theadvanced reader though the end of the book has ain depth text heavy two page biography on Pollack along with a list followed by notes, sources, and a bibliography for theadvanced readers As a historian I also like that the book is authentic to Pollack s life, and although it is only a brief mention the authors did not shy away from the fact that Pollack suffered from alcoholism and depression The authors did their due diligence with their research too, because I was pleased to see referenced Thomas Hart Benton who was Pollack s art teacher for many years Two thumbs up The Librarian Uncle


  2. liv liv says:

    This is an analysis review on behalf of Columbia College Chicago s Children s Literature course The following review may have some spoilers, but please read on and discus with me. view spoiler Jan Greenburg and Sandra Jordan present an account of Jackson Pollock s creative process in the form of this 2014 children s book However, while experiencing, it readslike a chapter out of a book about Pollock set to illustration very traditionally written, set, and described Based on the inten This is an analysis review on behalf of Columbia College Chicago s Children s Literature course The following review may have some spoilers, but please read on and discus with me. view spoiler Jan Greenburg and Sandra Jordan present an account of Jackson Pollock s creative process in the form of this 2014 children s book However, while experiencing, it readslike a chapter out of a book about Pollock set to illustration very traditionally written, set, and described Based on the intended audience, according to Scholastic s Book Wizard, it s a great stepping stone book for students in third through fifth grade, but may be better understood as a whole both topically and implicitly later in their years, potentially early middle school.To help understand how the text in question relates to the art in focus, I ve created the Art Work Synthesis AWS scale, to better pair similar texts together that share common uses of the reproductions of the art Action Jackson has an AWS level of 3, which means that art is present, mentioned and is of foreground, primary focus guiding the story line Other books that share an AWS level of 3 are Edward Hooper Paints His World Robert Burleigh and Matisse s Garden Samantha Friedman For Action Jackson, there is one reproduction present, on page 22, but the illustration style of the text matches the style and mood of Pollock as an artist The story line directly talks about his process in creating Lavender Mist and there are direct quotes from interviews supporting the process There is also accompanying biography, and further reproductions in the back of the text The main problems with Action Jackson as a children s book is that the title may be deceiving to some I say this because the text feels the opposite of action While the action is in the painting, children who are not directly interested in painting may feel bored, and maybe even confused by a lot of the metaphors that are in place On top of that, the quoted words pose no beneficial support to the text, except to give direct word For example, on page 20, it appears that he is speaking to himself when he says the painting has a life of its own I try to let it come through Is he speaking to himself Is he speaking to someone Is this just a thought that he has to himself I feel that without that quote, the story would be able to continue as normal.Without a background interest, or during a particular lesson about painting, I feel that Action Jackson seems to be a book that children would best experience with the help of an adult, to support conversation and questions that may arise The plot does introduce familiar vocabulary in a new way, but the build to the climax is lost in the monotone presentation of the text The narrator is the one that shines, giving lots of detail and observation into Pollock s process, but because of the style of writing, and the mood of the book, it readslike a chapter out of book about his process, with illustrations supporting it Finally, the character of Pollock is very flat we don t learn to much about him and all The quotes try to give us that insight, but they seem misplaced It s a calming, professionally presented children s tale about a classic, modern artist Scholastic places this book ideally at the end of third grade, however I feel it would be better experienced, andworthwhile, if it were placed in fifth to eight grade art classes, where they can have supporting discussion about his craft hide spoiler


  3. Chasity Russell Chasity Russell says:

    Curricular Connections I would use this book to read out loud to my students as we learn many lessons about different kinds of art and paints Then I will have my students create something using different kinds of paint and water colors and even different kinds of colorful paste that students could use for painting We would make it fun by using whip cream and other things that are like whip cream that is edible It s all about being creative These TEKS will help to incorporate the lessons and Curricular Connections I would use this book to read out loud to my students as we learn many lessons about different kinds of art and paints Then I will have my students create something using different kinds of paint and water colors and even different kinds of colorful paste that students could use for painting We would make it fun by using whip cream and other things that are like whip cream that is edible It s all about being creative These TEKS will help to incorporate the lessons and activities for students 117.102 Art, Kindergarten, Adopted 2013 b Knowledge and skills 1 Foundations observation and perception The student develops and expands visual literacy skills using critical thinking, imagination, and the senses to observe and explore the world by learning about, understanding, and applying the elements of art, principles of design, and expressive qualities The student uses what the student sees, knows, and has experienced as sources for examining, understanding, and creating artworks The student is expected to A gather information from subjects in the environment using the senses and B identify the elements of art, including line, shape, color, texture, and form, and the principles of design, including repetition pattern and balance, in the environment 2 Creative expression The student communicates ideas through original artworks using a variety of media with appropriate skills The student expresses thoughts and ideas creatively while challenging the imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and progressive problem solving skills The student is expected to A create artworks using a variety of lines, shapes, colors, textures, and forms B arrange components intuitively to create artworks and C use a variety of materials to develop manipulative skills while engaging in opportunities for exploration through drawing, painting, printmaking, constructing artworks, and sculpting, including modeled forms 3 Historical and cultural relevance The student demonstrates an understanding of art history and culture by analyzing artistic styles, historical periods, and a variety of cultures The student develops global awareness and respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures The student is expected to A identify simple subjects expressed in artworks B share ideas about personal experiences such as family and friends and develop awareness and sensitivity to differing experiences and opinions through artwork C identify the uses of art in everyday life and D relate visual art concepts to other disciplines


  4. Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) says:

    I found this to be an interesting take on the work of Jackson Pollack The speculation of how he worked and thought mixed in with actual facts made for a fun story for elementary students.


  5. Jess Bergoine Jess Bergoine says:

    Summary One afternoon, Jackson Pollock is preparing to begin a painting Throughout the book, the reader learns Jackson Pollock s style, tools, and inspiration for his paintings Towards the end of the book, we learn that this painting is what we know as Number 1 The book concludes with Jackson Pollock beginning another painting.Review Jackson Pollock is one of my favorite artists, and I was so happy to find this beautiful picture book about him I enjoyed the style used by the illustrator, Summary One afternoon, Jackson Pollock is preparing to begin a painting Throughout the book, the reader learns Jackson Pollock s style, tools, and inspiration for his paintings Towards the end of the book, we learn that this painting is what we know as Number 1 The book concludes with Jackson Pollock beginning another painting.Review Jackson Pollock is one of my favorite artists, and I was so happy to find this beautiful picture book about him I enjoyed the style used by the illustrator, and I felt that it went well with Jackson Pollock s uniqueness Jackson Pollock s biography and other work appear at the end of the book, which is an excellent addition Pair I would pair the book, Action Jackson, with the book, The Noisy Paint Box The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky s Abstract Art, by Barb Rosenstock Since Jackson Pollock and Vasya Kandinsky are both crucial figures in abstract art, it would be exciting for children to learn about both The stories of Jackson Pollock and Vasya Kandinsky teach children how amazing the imagination is Quote One quote that I think children would like is, But everyone will agree Jackson Pollock is doing something original, painting in a way that no one has ever seen before I think this quote, along with the painting, Number 1, inspires children to be themselves Children don t have to do what everyone else is doing to be great whatever they create is special and unique


  6. Blaine Gerdes Blaine Gerdes says:

    I loved reading this book and thought it would be a great way for children to become acquainted with Jackson Pollock The illustrations were amazing because they were all painted, but the darker colors may not appeal to readers The book provides great insight for readers into his life, at the end of the book there is a summary about Pollock s life including all the sources I thought it was very interesting and that I learned a lot from the book about Pollock and how he takes his time with his I loved reading this book and thought it would be a great way for children to become acquainted with Jackson Pollock The illustrations were amazing because they were all painted, but the darker colors may not appeal to readers The book provides great insight for readers into his life, at the end of the book there is a summary about Pollock s life including all the sources I thought it was very interesting and that I learned a lot from the book about Pollock and how he takes his time with his artwork and leaves it after he has started and comes back to it to complete it


  7. Tawanda Dabney Tawanda Dabney says:

    The main character Jackson Pollock was not the typical artist He did not use an easel for his canvas He would spread it out like a flat sheet of paper He did not use artist paint He would use house paint He would sit and watch the canvas before he would paint This character was very creative and eclectic style of painting This book is intriguing It tells about a real painter I really enjoyed reading this book to my daughter.


  8. Olivia Hoist Olivia Hoist says:

    Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg10 6 185 5Nonfiction biography, Grades 2 5This book was a great way to introduce the artist Jackson Pollock He is such an interesting artist and used random objects to paint I think that this book is great for an elementary art class This book was an easy read, but it did a good job of teaching me the style of Jackson s work I highly recommend


  9. Cindy Cindy says:

    Seibert awardJackson Pollock is an amazing artist He describes his work as energy and motion made visible when he began making the now iconic paintings , people were confused, angry, happy, excited and no matter the personal response, they all agreed, Jackson was onto something new, original unique.


  10. n n says:

    The illustrations areinteresting than both the story and Jackson Pollock.


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