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Beach Lane Books


New York, New York, United States of America

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Children's and Young Adult Literature | Library and Information Science | Modern Literature


Children's literature, reviews, biography, picture book


Jeanne Walker Harvey’s biography about costume designer, Edith Head, illustrates the determination of a girl filled with inspiration and dreams. Edith came from a small town where she made costumes for her animals and friends. She was sent to high school where she did not know what she wanted to be. To escape her shyness, she found a new passion for movies. Readers share in her determination and obstacles as she grows from being a sketch artist to eventually a costume designer for movie stars. The author shares the awards and magic she created with her designs. The illustrations are filled with textured designs, mimicking that of fabric scraps. The images show her growth and capture the work she did throughout her life. The story itself captures the determination and the continued challenges Edith Head had to face throughout her career. The story encourages its readers to press on through the challenges and grow with them to follow their dreams. Parents, teachers, or librarians can use the themes to encourage children in their dreams. Edith Head’s life is a testimony to the arts.

Recommended Janelle Burd, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville University



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Review of <em>Dressing Up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head</em> by Jeanne Walker Harvey

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