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Katie Meets The Impressionists
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
For her birthday, Katie's grandmother takes her to the museum to see the impressionist paintings. At first, Katie thinks they look like dots, but her grandmother tells her to stand further back to see the flowers and the people. Katie has a rich imagination. She steps back and not only can she see the flowers, she can smell them. She closes her eyes and she finds herself within the painting itself, interacting with Jean Monet, son of Claude Monet, who is one of the subjects in the painting.
Katie picks flowers for her grandmother and enters one painting after another, meeting different artists and interacting with the various subjects. She is chased by bees that follow her into the museum, but her overall experience is one of adventure.
Katie and her grandmother are whimsical impressionistic drawings themselves, and in the museum are photos of the actual works of Monet, Renoir and Degas.
The book also tells readers the names and dates of the paintings and in what museums they are seen today.
This is not only a great book to introduce children into art, but also a great exercise for the imagination - picturing yourself escaping into a painting and meeting new people. It is a great book for parents to read to their kids or for children to read on their own.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2000
We discovered this book at the D'Orsay Museum and our son immediately loved it. We also found that it was a wonderful tool to draw in a child such as our nephew that has learning difficulties & an attention deficit. Both children enjoyed the artwork and discussing museum etiquette. We were so impressed with this book that we purchased the other two in the series at the Lourve!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 1999
This colorful book will catch the curiosity of many early elementary children. Asking children to "jump into the picture" is a tried and true technique for developing and interest in and love for art. This book succeeds in using this technique admirably! Fun for any adult who has an interest in Impressionism as well!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2000
Young children will love the bright pictures of France in the 1800's as they journey with Katie. A wonderful way to teach little ones about the art of the Impressionists. The book is also a great way to teach a preschooler about historical customs and manners. The author has a unique artistic gift which he is able to share with children.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I found this book at the Museum Shop in the Louvre. I stood there, flipping through the pages, laughing at the text and admiring the illustrations. I said I was buying it for my children but I really wanted it for myself.
Katie Meets the Impressionists is a fun story with beautiful illustrations, a great way to teach children about Monet!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2001
It's Grandma's birthday and she's taken Katie to one of her favorite places, the art museum. As Katie looks at The Luncheon by Monet, it looks so real and inviting that she thinks she can actually smell the flowers. A bouquet would be nice for Grandma and so she steps over the frame into the picture..... James Mayhew has written a wonderfully imaginative story that will introduce youngsters to the impressionists. As Katie moves from picture to picture, meeting Renoir's Girl with a Watering Can, playing with Monet's son Jean in Field of Poppies and dancing with the ballerinas in The Blue Dancers, children will explore the beauty and magic of these and other paintings. His simple, gentle text is combined with creative, detailed illustrations that transport kids, along with Katie, right into the pictures. With an afterword about the artists and their pictures to expand lessons and discussions, it won't be long before you're taking a trip to the museum!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2005
I bought this book along with two others from James Mayhew's collection for my two and five-year-old daughters. We enjoyed learning about the artists, types of paintings and history. After purchasing this book, I ordered another one as a birthday gift for a six-year-old and took the kids to a local museum featuring Impressionism. It is a great book for introducing famous art pieces and familiarizing young children with art history. Katie's adventures allow the children to step inside the paitings and experience various imaginative scenarios. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in exposing young children to art appreciation, which can begin at an early age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
James Mayhew set the bar high with this adventurous and educational story. I cannot think of a better way to encourage children to explore impressionism. Our daughter was just 3.5 when we first fell in love with Katie. We have since purchased the series of Katie books and enjoy sharing them with other children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My mother bought this book for my daughter (4 years old) at the Tate Gallery in London. My daughter absolutely loves this book and for the past 6 months we have read it probably close to 100 times. It is a wonderful introduction to impressionist painters and their paintings. Although I grew up in Europe, my daughter is growing up in Asia and doesn't have much of a chance to see such famous paintings. When we went back to Europe to visit my parents, she quickly recognized Monet's paintings at a museum we visited. This books is a great idea to introduce children to the classic world of art. I just ordered 2 more from this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2008
I have been using the Katie books for the last couple of weeks with my preschool daughter. She enjoys the books and loves to make up stories and ask multitudes of questions about all of the painting characters. We have been really pleased with the Katie books as our "art appreciation" curriculum. The way that the people in the paintings come to life helps her to think more deeply about what the people are doing and what the artist is trying to capture.
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