By any other name

October 22nd, 2008

Children’s books that forever changed my life.

Of course, you say, of course she’d like that book. She chose the name.

My daughter is named Georgia, but not for the artist O’Keeffe. My daughter is named for two great-grandfathers on both sides of her family. One an architect; one a farmer.

So this book, once again, is rather for me. Georgia O’Keeffe is my namesake, my mentor, as an artist and an independent being. As a heart and an eye and a hand that saw the big truth in small things.

My Name is Georgia
A Portrait by Jeanette Winter

Her entire life story is told in these 48 pages of spare text and evocative illustrations. Her own girl, with her own way and her own way of seeing. Drawn by the urge to meet the faraway up close, to render mysteries plain and true so people would see.

I went to the New Mexico desert.
So far away that no one ever comes.
I was satisfied to be all by myself.
I did things other people don’t do.

I painted my sky BIG,
so people would see the sky the way I did.

Find the fearless footprint, hear the song of truth and echo it back over the mountains. Paint your life BIG so people will see.

My earlier favorites are shelved here, here and here.


  1. Oh, this one is so good, Karen. Its been such a pleasure getting your favorites this week. Thanks for the suggestions.

    Comment by Holly — October 23, 2008 @ 2:59 am

  2. wow, this book is lovely!
    The New Mexico desert evokes similar feelings for me.

    Comment by Bridge — October 23, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  3. I really hope that my library has this!

    Comment by Mama Zen — October 23, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  4. OOoo…Ahhh! I want that!

    Comment by Shelli — October 23, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

  5. My kids and I love that book, too! Just found your blog and enjoying it!

    Comment by Lisa — October 24, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

  6. I am so glad to see these book recommendations on your website. I love hearing about truly wonderful kids’ books.

    I am going to check them all out of the library!

    Comment by Stacy (mama-om) — October 28, 2008 @ 5:21 am

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