Rosa’s Animals The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie

Rosa’s Animals

The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie


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  • Publication Date: June 5, 2018
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Trim Size: 10 x 10
  • ISBN: 9781419728501
  • Page Count: 64
  • Illustrations: Color and black-and-white archival images throughout
  • Rights: World/All

Painter and sculptor Rosa Bonheur (1822–1899) led a highly nontraditional life, especially for a woman in the nineteenth century. She kept lions as pets, was awarded the Legion of Honor by Empress Eugénie, and befriended “Buffalo Bill” Cody. She became a painter at a time when women were often only reluctantly educated as artists. Her unconventional artistic work habits, including visiting slaughterhouses to sketch an animal’s anatomy and wearing men’s clothing to gain access to places like a horse fair, where women were not allowed, helped her become one of the most beloved female painters of her time. Among the artworks discussed are The Horse Fair and Ploughing in the Nivernais. Along with her life story are a list of museums that house her work, a bibliography, and an index.


"An elegant, insightful portrait of an artist worth knowing."
Kirkus Reviews
"Take note of this biography of an extraordinary painter"
School Library Connection
"High-definition, full-page reproductions of her artwork, as well as supporting historical information about the era in which Bonheur lived, make this an accessible portrait of the artist."
School Library Journal
"Macdonald pares Rosa’s biography down to accessible chapters, highlighting such interest-sparking details as the artist’s need for documented permission to dress as a man to attend horse fairs and the mid-century portrait dolls modeled after her that became something of a rage. Plentiful, generously scaled reproductions of Bonheur’s work and that of several contemporaries will lure in browsers, and discussion of the Impressionist movement that drove Realism from the field adds important context."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A historically rich chronicle of artist Rosa Bonheur’s life."
Publishers Weekly

About the author

Maryann Macdonald is the author of 25 books for children. She lives in New York City.