I’m so excited to be taking part in the Dressing Up The Stars: The Story Of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head Book Tour, hosted by The Children’s Book Review! Check out my review below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.
Dressing Up The Stars: The Story Of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head
By Jeanne Walker Harvey
Illustrated by Diana Toledano
Beach Lane Books
Discover the true story of how a shy miner’s daughter became one of the most legendary costume designers in Hollywood in this inspiring nonfiction picture book biography.
As a child in the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada, Edith Head had few friends and spent most of her time dressing up her toys and pets and even wild animals using fabric scraps. She always knew she wanted to move somewhere full of people and excitement. She set her sights on Hollywood and talked her way into a job sketching costumes for a movie studio.
Did she know how to draw or sew costumes? No. But that didn’t stop her!
Edith taught herself and tirelessly worked her way up until she was dressing some of the biggest stars of the day, from Audrey Hepburn to Grace Kelly to Ginger Rogers. She became the first woman to head a major Hollywood movie studio costume department and went on to win eight Academy Awards for best costume design—and she defined the style of an era.
A truly inspirational story of one woman’s dream. I love that she never gave up and pursued her dream even without any real experience. I think children of all ages could benefit from reading this. Follow your dreams, don’t let nothing hold you back. In today’s day and age where their are so many people out there ready to tell you that you can’t do something – show them how wrong they are. A wonderfully written biography about a brilliant young woman! Paired with gorgeous illustrations this book is perfect!
The Duo Behind The Magic
Jeanne Walker Harvey studied literature and psychology at Stanford University and has worn many job hats, ranging from being a roller coaster ride operator to an attorney, a middle school language arts teacher, and a long-time docent for school groups at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is the author of several books for young readers, including the picture book biographies Dressing up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head, Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas, and Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines. Jeanne lives in Northern California.
Diana Toledano is an illustrator, writer, and educator. She is also a Pisces who loves children’s books, patterns, and dancing her heart out. Originally from Spain, Diana (pronounced the Spanish way: dee-ah-na) grew up in Madrid where she studied art history and illustration. Now she lives in San Francisco with her husband and two fluffy cats. Her mixed media art seeks to capture the magic of the ordinary. Diana’s product designs, picture books, board books, and chapter books have been published and sold all over the world. Diana also teaches workshops for kids and adults. She enjoys doing school visits and speaking at conferences.
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Huge thanks to The Children’s Book Review and Jeanne for my gifted copy! Grab one for your home below!
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