The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, pictures by Hadley Hooper is a poetic tribute to Henri Matisse and his style of art. MacLachlan delves into the why of how Matisse painted as he did and Hooper explores relief printing to show his younger life and how that affected his adult life.
The art is a mixture of relief print making and digital techniques, which is very fitting since Matisse was quite ahead of his time, and a picture book about him should use the latest technology.
The text is appropriate for first grade and older and I would use it to introduce Matisse as an artist and similar art styles to students. Although the text is not hard to read, the style of language and art is very sophisticated. I think this book could be used with students up to middle school.