The Story- Linnea and her upstairs neighbor, Mr. Bloom, both love flowers. As a special gesture he arranges a trip for them to visit Paris and see Claude Monet’s famous garden. Linnea visits Monet’s pink house, learns about his 8 children, and gets to see some of his most famous masterpieces.
My Thoughts- This is a delightful book. While technically a picture book, it is really for slightly older children, perhaps 6 and up. I'd call it a younger middle grade book. I loved how the whole book was laid out. You get a part of the story on each page, plus several different illustration forms. There are regular illustrations, copies of Monet’s paintings, real pictures, and cut outs. It is highly visually interesting.
And the story! How wonderful to travel along with Linnea as she explores Paris. The story is written from her point of view and really reads as a child’s journal. I am a huge impressionist fan, and I was surprised at some of the information I learned about Monet. Plus, it is simple for younger children to comprehend.
As an art lover I give this book two thumbs up. It is perfect to read with your child and introduce them into the world of art. As a reader I give it 5 stars. The topic is fascinating, full of fun and interesting details, and the layout is reader friendly. I really think this book should grace the shelves of elementary schools across the country.a Rafflecopter giveaway