Grandma Moses

Directions: Underline the words in the story as you find them, unscramble them and write them in the boxes below. Anna Mary was the third child born into the Robertson family in 1860. There would eventually be ten children in the family. She was raised on a farm, attended school for a while, then when she was 12 years old she left home to become a hired hand at a near-by farm. She worked hard all the time she was growing up, then when she was in her twenties she married a man named Thomas Salmon Moses who was also a hired worker. When she was in her late seventies she decided to take up painting which was easier on her hands than needlework. Her first painting was made using housepaint. She is called a "primitive" artist because she painted simple pictures, and she taught herself how to paint. Once someone wanted to buy ten of her paintings. When she and Anna Mary counted the paintings, there were only nine, so Grandma cut a large picture in half and reframed it into two pictures to make the ten paintings. In a New York art gallery she had an exhibit called "What a Farm Wife Painted". By the time she was 80 years old, many people had heard of "Grandma Moses" and had seen her paintings. She appeared on the Edward R. Murrow television show and showed people how to paint a picture. She painted many pictures during her lifetime. When she was 100 years old she painted illustrations for "Twas the Night Before Christmas". She died at age 101.

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Puzzle courtesy Patsy Stevens http://gardenofpraise.com