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Matisse the King of Color (Anholt's Artists Books for Children Series) Hardcover – October 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: Anholt's Artists Books for Children Series
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764160478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764160479
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The bright and cheerful illustrations draw heavily on Matisse's drawings, paintings, and collages. Facts about the artist's life and style are also skillfully woven into the story and illustrations. Whether in an art-themed storytime or one-on-one sharing, readers will find this book uplifting."


School Library Journal, February 2008

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When Monique, a young visiting nurse, steps into the home of an elderly patient, she finds herself in rooms filled with the most vivid colors she has ever seen. Her patient is the artist Henri Matisse, one of the greatest colorists in the history of art. Though they become friends, life's circumstances send them each in different directions until they meet again several years later. It is this second encounter that inspires them to begin an extraordinary and creative project. The result is the dazzling Matisse Chapel that stands today in southern France--the artist's final masterpiece.

Matisse the King of Color is one more title in author and illustrator Laurence Anholt's series of stories about world famous artists and the young people who knew them. In each of these books Anholt's fine illustrations include copies of works by the featured artist.

Anholt's Artists titles available from Barron's
Degas and the Little Dancer
Leonardo and the Flying Boy
Matisse the King of Color
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet
Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail
van Gogh and the Sunflowers

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I would thoroughly recommend this book to any teacher in Grades K-6.
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Ever since my preschooler discovered (with mom's help) the wonderful painters' series of books by Laurence Anholt, we've accumulated quite a collection!
Z Hayes
It is well written with beautiful pictures, both of which captivate the interest of my students.
Mary Schinnerer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2010
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I am a teacher in Sydney Australia.I read this book to a composite grade one/two class last year and they absolutely loved it. The illustrations are wonderful. I would thoroughly recommend this book to any teacher in Grades K-6. I am planning to read it to my Kindergarten class later in the year. I also purchased Vincent van Gough by Brad Buck and Joan Holub [Smart About Art Series] and was extremely happy with this purchase also. So I am planning on buying the 'Henri Matisse' book in the same series as it will be a perfect complement to 'Matisse the King of Colour' [Anholt's Artists Books for Children's Series].It was a great lead up to the study of collage in our art lessons.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2009
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Ever since my preschooler discovered (with mom's help) the wonderful painters' series of books by Laurence Anholt, we've accumulated quite a collection! Anholt has done a great service through these books, making art accessible to young children in the most creative and vibrant manner. What is even more remarkable, is that these stories are actually based on real events in the artists' lives - Monet's encounter with a young girl in his garden, Van Gogh's friendship with a young boy despite the alienation he suffers, and this book is no different.

In "Matisse The King of Color", the friendship between Matisse and a young girl named Monique is explored. Monique initially meets the painter whilst he's convalescing from an illness, but later Monique goes away to enter service as a Dominican nun. However, the pair's paths cross again and this time Matisse gives Monique a very special gift that has lasted till this day - the construction of a chapel with stained glass masterpieces painted by the great artist himself. This is an inspiring story that conveys the lasting bonds of friendship, that attests to the creative and healing power of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry C. Laurie on March 21, 2013
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LIKE THE STORY, BLOWN AWAY BY THE ILLUSTRATIONS. THE IDEA ABOUT CREATING THIS SERIES IS A VALUABLE LESSON FOR ALL US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kaysvilleman on October 25, 2012
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If you want to share with your child and/or grandchild the beauty of literature and art this book is a must.
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This book about Henri Matisse is a great summary of this artist which I plan to share with my 5th grade students to help them become inspired to create their own paper cutout collages. It is well written with beautiful pictures, both of which captivate the interest of my students. So glad I found it since most of the other books about Matisse are written for the adult reader. This truly fits my needs.
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