⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Just Being Dalí: The Story of Artist Salvador Dalí Written by Amy Guglielmo and Illustrated by Brett Helquist [with teaching ideas]

Publication Date: February 9, 2021 | Grade Levels: Preschool – 3

Good Morning! Hope y’all have your cup of coffee and are ready for a stellar day! ☕️ I’m super excited to share Just Being Dalí: The Story of Artist Salvador Dalí with you all today! Written by by Amy Guglielmo and illustrated by Brett Helquist, this new biography will entertain children and adults alike.

Quick Summary. Introducing readers to Salvador Dalí, a young boy who does not always fit in who grows up to be an acclaimed artist who does not always fit in, Just Being Dalí provides readers with background information about his surrealist style and his unwavering perseverance to be himself.

Critique. Helquist’s rich ink drawings move readers along on Dalí’s artist journey. The upbeat tone of the text makes it a perfect read aloud and an enduring story that transcends the world of art. Readers – young and old – will come away with a greater appreciation for Dalí’s work.

Teaching Ideas. Here are some teaching ideas for Just Being Dalí: The Story of Artist Salvador Dalí:

  • Use this text to complement lessons about what it means to be one’s true self.
  • Using Dalí’s work as inspiration, invite students to create a piece in his style.
  • Encourage students to use this text as a mentor text when writing their own biographies.

A wonderful nonfiction addition to your library, Just Being Dalí: The Story of Artist Salvador Dalí earns five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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