Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Linnea in Monet's Garden

I have a special children’s book to talk about today. It is the 25th Anniversary edition of Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson. I never read the original as a child, so this was a real treat to look at now. Sourcebooks is offering TWO giveaways for this special anniversary. First, you can win a copy of the book! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Second, if you leave a comment on this blog, or the others participating in the tour, you will be entered to win a Vera Bradley Tote Bag. All the details are here.

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.


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9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book for the right kid. Thanks for sharing about it.

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  2. I think it is important to introduce children to the arts. For schools so much time must be spent on reading and math that the arts get neglected sometimes, but the teachers do their best.

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  3. I love this book. I still have it from when my kids were little. We did water paintings out of this, copying Monet's garden. Great book!

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  4. One of my fave art appreciation books of all time! So glad it's back in print :).

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  5. I think it is extremely important to introduce children to art. In my case it was what made school and a large portion of the outside world come alive.

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  6. It's very important to us to have our children know about all sorts of different arts. Part of that is unplugging and exploring.

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  7. I think it is very important ~ books and art work are introduced and shared. Plus exploring them on their own is important too.

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  8. i think its very important its a form of expression

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  9. Both my children love art! I'm thrilled that they still have a lot of art classes at school, because it's so important to be creative.

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