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Book Title: Matthew's Dream|
ISBN 13: 9780679873181
The author of the book: Leo Lionni
Edition: Dragonfly Books
Date of issue: March 7th 1995
Format files: PDF
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This is a story of a mouse named Matthew who lives in a dusty old attic with his parents. They don't have much but they want a better life for Matthew. He doesn't know what he wants to do when he grows up but he knows he wants "to see the world." One day when Matthew's class visits an art museum, his whole life is changed. He is in awe of the artwork and meets another little mouse named Nicoletta who shares his love for the paintings. Matthew has a dream that night that he and Nicoletta were in a fantastic painting and he had never been so happy. When he awoke, he told his parents he knew what he wanted to do, become a painter! He did and he married Nicoletta, reprising one of Lionni's recurring themes of finding friendship and love with another who understands you. Lionni's collage illustrations are some of my favorites in Matthew's Dream. I love the depth and texture of the mice made of paper pieces and the newspaper and brown paper that pop out from the large white spaces of each page and the contrast with the bright paint choices that he uses for the art and dream scenes. Lionni created Matthew and the other mice in a way that their eyes, mouths, and posture portray their emotions.
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Read information about the authorLeo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children's books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner--for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.
Leo Lionni has gained international renown for his paintings, graphic designs, illustrations, and sculpture, as well as for his books for children. He was born in Holland in 1910 of Dutch parents, and although his education did not include formal art courses (in fact, he has a doctorate in economics from the University of Genoa), he spent much of his free time as a child in Amsterdam's museums, teaching himself to draw.
Lionni's business training gradually receded into the background as his interest in art and design grew. Having settled in Milan soon after his marriage in 1931, he started off by writing about European architecture for a local magazine. It was there that he met the contacts who were to give him a start as a professional graphic designer. When he moved to America in 1939, Lionni was hired by a Philadelphia advertising agency as art director. Later he became design director for the Olivetti Corporation of America, and then art director for Fortune magazine. At the same time, his reputation as an artist flourished as he began to exhibit his paintings and drawings in galleries from New York to Japan.
Lionni launched his career as an author/illustrator of books for children in 1959. Originally developed from a story he had improvised for his grandchildren during a dull train ride, Little Blue and Little Yellow was the first of what is now a long list of children's picture books, including four Caldecott Honor Books.
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