Grade 2-4-In this story that has roots in historical fact, Camille and his postman father meet a stranger who comes to their town with no money and no friends. They give him furniture and friendship, and he paints a picture of each member of their family. The boy visits the man and takes him sunflowers, but the townspeople drive Vincent away because he's too odd and he doesn't have what they consider a real job. This sad tale can stand alone, and, while it omits important details, its tone matches that of other accounts of Van Gogh's short life. Unfortunately, the CIP information, the names and locations of the Roulin family paintings, and a biographical note about Van Gogh are printed inside the book covers under the jacket flaps. The sketchy pen-and-watercolor illustrations are punctuated with seven fine art reproductions, including a little known "Portrait of Camille Roulin" and the famous "Vase with 14 Sunflowers." The Roulins and the yellow house in which the artist stayed when he was in Arles, France, are seen in context in Bruce Bernard's Van Gogh (Dorling Kindersley, 1993). The two books complement one another and provide a greater understanding of this gifted, troubled man.
Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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Ages 4-8. Based on a true encounter, this tells the story of a small boy named Camille who befriends the troubled painter Vincent van Gogh when he comes to live in a village in the Dutch countryside. Camille is heartbroken because most of the local people jeer at the artist, who never sells a picture. Some of Anholt's illustrations are based on famous van Gogh scenes (the view of his bedroom, for example); Anholt also includes reproductions of actual paintings, such as van Gogh's Sunflowers, and portraits of Camille and his family. This book will show children how art transforms ordinary things. Pair it with Nichol's Beethoven Lives Upstairs , which is also about a strange, lonely genius who enters a child's daily life. Hazel RochmanSee all Editorial Reviews
The book is adorable, combines art work and story and gardening. Very good way to teach about artists, and is interactivePublished 23 months ago by Carol Kirk OConnor
Many people have made much money from Vincent Van Gogh's paintings -- sadly, he was not one of them. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Psyche
What a beautiful book! Everyone will love this story but especially a Van Gogh lover. I also love that the story is based on a true-life incident. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by L. Kuehnle
I am very pleased with this book especially since it has great information that any children/teachers would love and was a great buy.Published on December 21, 2012 by Marta Cree
This book has beautiful pictures and a nice story. When ordering I did not realize that this edition is extremely large (about 14" x 17") and is way too big for a home library. Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by dmc
This is a lovely book based on a phase of Vincent Van Gogh's life, in which he lived in a small village and was befriended by a family which included a young boy named Camille. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by L. Erickson
I have always loved Vincent Van Gogh. I used to have a big poster of Starry, Starry Night hanging in my dorm room. I have loved sharing his work with my own children as well. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Amazon Customer