No Horses in the House!

  • Illustrated By: Anna Bron
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:artist biography, gender roles, girls can do anything, animal painting, perseverence
  • Available:03/08/2023
  • Lexile:550L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:P
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“Scenes unfold with cinematic flair...Bonheur’s tenacity and determination will resonate with children, whether or not they’re familiar with her art.”—Quill & Quire, starred review

Based on the incredible life of the pioneering, feminist and queer artist Rosa Bonheur, this charming story depicts Rosa's early years and her drive to fight for her dreams.

Rosa Bonheur loved to draw animals. She was good at it too! Unfortunately, in nineteenth-century France, girls were not allowed to be artists. But Rosa didn't let that stop her. In this fictionalized account of her early life in Paris, Rosa studies art at home, bringing a menagerie of animals into the apartment to study up close. When she is kicked out of the horse market for sneaking in wearing boys clothing, Rosa must think creatively to challenge the rules in pursuit of her dream of becoming a world-class realist painter and artist.

“A story of female empowerment and persistence...a fun and wonderful book of courage and endurance against the odds. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Readers will revel in the lifelike animal paintings…The artwork here sprawls beautifully across spreads, showing…a tiny but confident Rosa surrounded by naysayers as well as her beloved animals, potential creations swirling around the scenes as they pour from her mind.”
– Booklist
★“Scenes unfold with cinematic flair...Bonheur’s tenacity and determination will resonate with children, whether or not they’re familiar with her art.”
– Quill & Quire, starred review
“A vivid glimpse of [Bonheur’s] character…Gives the artist’s personality its due.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“ and general studies teachers alike will gravitate to the story that highlights an artist rarely covered in school curriculum, especially someone who toppled every roadblock to live her dreams. Recommended.”
– School Library Connection

“Destined to become a go-to on any bookshelf, No Horses in the House! (also available in French) is a touchstone, an irreplaceable resource for school, home and public libraries, sparking meaningful discussion, understand and compassion and acting as an enjoyable and accessible point of reference for... the importance of representation, diversity and inclusion, the joy of art and the sheer power of tenacity and creativity. Very highly recommended.”

– Canadian Children’s Book News

“The story of a confident and accomplished young woman facing unreasonable societal obstacles.”

– Sal's Fiction Addiction

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