BOOKLIST-Ringgold2013. 22min. Getting to Know, DVD, $29.95 (9780982880364). Grades 4-6.

REVIEW.  First published February 28, 2013 (Booklist Online).

Artist and author Faith Ringgold is profiled in this latest entry in the popular Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists series. An animated figure representing Ringgold talks about growing up in Harlem in the 1930s and learning to make quilts with her mother. With jazzy music as a backdrop, the Ringgold character describes performances of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington that she saw at local clubs. Period stills and live-action footage (including that of Ringgold) intermix. Even though African American artists were just beginning to be recognized in the early 1960s, Ringgold was determined to become an artist; she describes the inspiration for many of her famous story quilts and shares the African roots of her designs. Quirky animation, abundant sound effects, enthusiastic narration, and silly touches enhance this recommended program, which concludes with a retrospective of the artist’s selected paintings, mosaics, and quilts.

— Candace Smith