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This is a children's biography about the famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and her beloved world of dots.  Told in first person point of view, Kusama recounts her journey to realizing her dream as a famous artist.  Her journey starts in Japan and takes her to the United States and then back home again to Japan.  Along the way, she creates dots. She likes to fill things with dots, covering them on clothing, furniture, pumpkins and just about everything.  As an activist, she also organizes performance art  which she called "happenings".  

While the cover is visually catchy, the other illustrations in the book are quirky and predominately black and white. It is unusally minimalist for such a colorful artist. The writing is simple and easy enough for children to understand and learn about her life and work.

This book makes a great gift for child who loves art or for parents looking to broaden their child's exposure to inspiring artists and activists.

    • Reading Age: 4 - 7 years
    • Grade level:Preschool - 2