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Linnea in Monet's Garden Hardcover – October 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: R & S Books; 1st American ed edition (October 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9129583144
  • ISBN-13: 978-9129583144
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Linnea, a fresh-faced European girl with a mop of black hair and a white smock, gives a solid lesson in art history in the gentlest way, through a first-person account. Her story is like a scrapbook, reliving a trip she took to Paris and Giverny to learn about Monet's water-lily paintings. Airy, light-filled watercolors showing Linnea in Monet's environment are juxtaposed with period photographs of the artist and reproductions of the paintings themselves. The focus is always on the specific. Monet's brushstrokes are examined (Linnea terms them "splotchy"). A section is devoted to expressionism: "Even stone walls could shimmer sometimes." Also included are Monet's biography, a family tree and a brief guide to Paris. But, it is the sense of being there, and Linnea's own enthusiasm, that carries the book. Ages 7-up.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6 An original and highly entertain ing child-centered book of art apprecia tion. Photographs introduce the home and family of the artist Monet, full-color reproductions of paintings are used to ex plain his work, and ink and watercolor il lustrations picture the delight that a young girl finds in learning about a fa mous artist. Linnea and her elderly friend Mr. Bloom travel to Paris, visit Monet's home in Giverny, picnic in the artist's garden, and admire the waterlilies and the Japanese bridge which he often paint ed. In Paris, the two companions stop at a museum to see Impressionist paintings, view the sunlight over the Seine, and chatter about the life and times of the art ist. The book ends with a page of infor mation about things to do and see in Par is. Linnea sparkles with the joy of discovery and charms readers. Monet's paintings delight the eye, and the bright conversation and happy adventures of the young girl and the old gentleman per suade readers that the world of art is rich in color and peopled with fascinating characters. Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, N.J.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is a wonderful book for children though I must say, I really enjoyed reading it.
PCATRON
And for those who haven't been there and read this book, certainly it will provide a wonderful travel destination in the future.
Nancy R. Katz
Linnea and Mr. Bloom share a love for paintings and for flowers, and Claude Monet is a painter they both love.
Britt Arnhild Lindland

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Vincent on October 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up at the home of a friend. Her little girl scampered over and, eyeing me with suspicion, said, "That's MY BOOK." Once she gave me permission to look at it if I promised to treat it carefully, I began to wish I really could steal it!
What a treasure. Linnea in Monet's Garden is a way to introduce children (about age 6-10, I'd say) to the appreciation of Impressionist art. The book includes photographs and drawings of Monet's home and family, a story of his life, and full-color reproductions of many of his paintings. Linnea is taken to Giverny by the elderly Mr. Bloom and, as she is entranced by all things Monet, so will you be, too.
Buy two copies: one for yourself and one for a young friend.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my 5 year old and my 3 year old and they both love it. What a wonderful way to introduce art to them and learn a lot about Monet and his family myself. My five year old really loves the book, she can't wait to go to the Museum of Fine Arts and see some of the actual paintings now. This book deserves five stars, plus!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It was six years ago that I stumbled into Linea's story when strolling into a little sea-side bookshop in Ocean City, NJ. (This little book kept me sneaking back in day after day.) Over these years I have had the priviledge to dream alongside of friends young and old. Just last Spring ('99) I was struck with such amazement as I meandered through Monet's home and gardens, so much the space was familiar. KUDOS to Ms. Bjork and Ms. Anderson for their wonderful and creative work! I was truly amazed by the thoroughness and creativity . . . all the book is missing is the scents of Giverny. (And by no means do I suggest a scratch and sniff version!) I can't wait to share this with my children someday. Hopefully Linea will become a family tradition!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lynne P. Caldwell on November 14, 2003
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Linnea, a young Swedish girl has developed quite a friendship with the elderly Mr. Bloom, her upstairs neighbor. Mr. Bloom is a retired gardener who is the proud owner of a lovely book about the great French artist, Claude Monet. After hours and hours of studying Monet and his life, the pair begin the ultimate adventure: a trip to Paris, and where it all began! Linnea and Mr. Bloom visit the Marmottan museum to observe the many paintings of Monet. They study his artwork and how the genius painted. They learn about other Impressionist artists--many who were great friends of Monet. Eventually the young child and elderly gentleman make the ultimate trek to Giverny, where Monet lived and painted.
This book could almost be a 'fun' textbook. The artwork, both of the author's and of Monet's is absolutely exquisite. Becoming familiar with Monet's life and his paintings become a marvelous art history lesson. As an adult, I not enjoyed reading this lovely book but I learned a lot. In fact, a few days after reading LINNEA in Monet's Garden I was watching a Sex in the City episode where Charlotte was showing a group of people one of Monet's 'lily' murals. Being familiar with that painting because of this book was an exciting moment for me!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on July 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Linnea in Monet's Garden is one of those books which will be loved by all ages through the ages. The reader journeys along with young Linnea and her neighbor, Mr. Bloom, first to Paris and then Giverny to see the painter Monet's home and gardens. Providing the story of Monet't life with words and wonderful illustrations, it is as if the reader is standing on one of the bridges viewing the water lillies in person.
For those readers who have had the opportunity to see Giverny and the gardens in person it will be a special treat to read this book and reminisce. And for those who haven't been there and read this book, certainly it will provide a wonderful travel destination in the future. At the very least I imagine it will have most readers looking for an art book to view more of Monet's paintings or visiting a musuem which has his works.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Britt Arnhild Lindland on April 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Linnea in Monet's Garden is a book written by Christina Bjørk, and illustrated by Lene Anderson, both come from Sweden.
The book tells the story of Linnea, a small Swedish girl, and her old friend and neighbour, Mr. Bloom. Linnea and Mr. Bloom share a love for paintings and for flowers, and Claude Monet is a painter they both love. Together they decide to visit Paris, and Monet's garden in Giverny, and with the help of this book we can go with them on this journey.
The book is first of all a beautiful, everyday story about two friends visiting the house and garden of a beloved painter. But it is also a masterpiece in the way it is built up. The way the story, the information about the impressionist period in art, the pictures and paintings all melt together. I and my 6 years old daughter can never get tired of the book, and after reading it an uncountable number of times we both felt that we knew the garden in Giverny. It was a very special day for us then, last summer when we were able to visit Giverny, the house and the garden. We could walk around seeing the same sights as Linnea had seen, sit on the bench together with both Monet and Linnea, walk over the Japanese bridge, and take pictures of all the flowers Linnea had also photographed.
Though this book is first of all a book for children it is a treasure for all ages. A pure joy to read over and over again.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
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