Therese Makes a Tapestry

Alexandra S.D. Hinrichs, illus. by Ren%C3%A9e Graef. Getty, $19.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-60606-473-3
More than a decade and a half after Bruce Robertson and Kathryn Hewitt’s Marguerite Makes a Book comes a companion title, which likewise offers a child-focused window into a time-honored artistic tradition. First-time author Hinrichs sets this story during the reign of King Louis XIV at Paris’s Gobelins Manufactory, where Thérèse and her artistically talented family live while helping create tapestries. After Thérèse receives a painting from her father, who “followed King Louis XIV throughout France, painting scenes of battles, palaces, and nature,” she conspires to return the favor by making a tapestry based on the painting, even though girls weren’t trained as weavers. Graef (T Is for Time) places her warmly painted images within ornate borders (sometimes unfinished, like a tapestry in progress) that dovetail nicely with the artistic theme while providing detailed close-ups of the weaving process and the tools used. Thérèse gets some welcome credit after her tapestry catches the eye of the king, and while her story is fictional, a closing note offers substantial information about the real-life people and tapestries that inspired the story. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/22/2016
Release date: 03/01/2016
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