Pablo Picasso

From the Series On My Own Biography

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

This biography for new readers tells Pablo Picasso’s story by describing the evolution of his art—from his Blue Period to his Rose Period to cubism. As a child in Spain, Picasso drew pigeons, bullfights, and guitars. When he left home, he painted people who were poor and lonely like he was. During his Rose Period in Paris, he painted happy pictures. Young readers can follow the most significant events of Picasso’s life told in an engaging story format, as they’re represented in his art.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 1999
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2000-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.8
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
Dewey 709'.2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 630
Guided Reading Level P
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 47175
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
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Author: Linda Lowery

Illustrator: Janice Lee Porter

Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children's books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.

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On My Own Biography

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  • Parents' Choice Award, Winner, 1999



“. . .uses short sentences and lots of images to engage primary-grade readers. Porter’s colorful illustrations, almost mimicking Picasso’s own style, flesh out the biography.”

Kirkus Reviews

“. . .valuable addition to the On My Own Biography series. . . renders an intriguing and lucid portrait. . . In pleasing textures of oil on canvas and warm hues, Porter’s accompanying illustrations quite nicely echo the art of its subject.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Horn Book Guide

“Picasso’s life story is told with economy, verve, and diplomacy. The moody, textured illustrations, which include fine imitations of Picasso’s paintings, complement the master’s style.”
The Horn Book Guide