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Mini Masters Boxed Set Board book


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Series: Mini Masters
  • Board book: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081185518X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811855181
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.7 x 2.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a great way to introduce great art!
MotherofZ
The pictures are, of course, beautiful and the authors did a fabulous job with matching the text to the artwork.
Andrew & Blake's mommy
I highly recommend the books for children and their parents.
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By S. Levi VINE VOICE on June 18, 2007
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My daughter is 2 1/2 and she LOVES her Van Gogh book. Brings it to me all the time to read to her. In all the books there is great rhyming, short phrasing (for similarly short attention spans--great for toddlers!), and beautiful paintings.

My personal favorites are Degas and Van Gogh. I was rather let down by the Monet; I thought they chose works that didn't represent what Monet did best and was best known for, but no kid is going to care about that. They actually work together to tell a story, which is nice compared to the more randomly chosen paintings in other of these books.

The Matisse has some crazy paintings in it but they are bright and boldly colored, sure to capture a kid's attention. (Some people have complained about the two "nudes" in the Matisse book, but realistically, the figures are not anatomically detailed and in my opinion, not at all offensive or embarrassing.)

I love these because they familiarize children with famous works of art and artists without them even knowing it and the writing/poetry in the books is fun to read and keeps my daughter reading along. Highly recommended, as well as the other individually sold books (Seurat, Cassatt, Picasso, & Renoir)!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Katie Luther VINE VOICE on December 19, 2006
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These are beautiful books. The color reproductions of fine paintings are as wonderful as those found in many art history textbooks. The writing is simple and not terribly obtrusive. You could read what is written or simply narrate the paintings to your child. These books are fascinating even to small babies and at the same time don't cause the adult to suffer in the slightest. Excellent!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CNB on September 15, 2007
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These are great books. We purchased our first book, Picnic with Monet when my daughter was a newborn. She is now 20 months old and she has the Mini Masters Boxed Set (a great deal) and Quiet Time With Cassat. She loves these books! She will bring them to me one-by-one and ask me to read each one over and over. I think she enjoys the lyrical quality of the text as well as the paintings. She loves pointing out the different items in each painting and commenting on what is taking place (playing, sleeping, dancing, etc.) It's interesting that even though some elements in certain paintings are rather abstract, she still knows what she is looking at. I love fine art and grew up seeing many of these paintings, so I'm glad that I can expose my daughter to the Masters in such a fun and positive way.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anna P. on January 26, 2012
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The books are wonderful - colorful, sturdy, and my 2 year-old absolutely loves them. As I started digging more data on the paintings, however, I noticed that the titles in the Van Gogh book are out of order, even though the authors claim "Works are listed below in the order in which they appear in the book". The correct order should be: Sunflowers, Irises, Olive Grove, Women Picking Olives, The Sower, The Reaper, Haystacks in Provence, The Siesta, First Steps, and The Starry Night.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Mellon on January 15, 2007
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These are among my favorite books. I give this set as a gift every time I get the chance. They are so soothing and beautiful, not to mention educational. My 3-year-old son saw a print of The Starry Night when we were out, and he said, "Look Mom, it's Van Gogh!"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Flynn on January 17, 2012
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I figured if my daughter is going to spend hours looking at illustrations in books, she might as well be looking at amazing artwork. I'm not trying to be a pretentious parent - I just think these books will expose her to some lovely art and help foster an appreciation of a group of painters I love. I think this set would make a nice gift, also.

My baby is quite small but she does enjoy looking at (and trying to grab) the beautiful paintings on display in these books. The only thing I don't love is the text - it's a little stilted in places and I don't love reading it out loud. I'm sure it was hard putting a narrative together around a series of paintings, but there's not much wit or charm to the writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kittycatkarma on July 15, 2012
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I like the mini masters, but I wish they weren't all artists from the same time period. A little variety would have been nice but I like the stories and the paintings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A.B. on March 22, 2008
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This is a great set for the money especially if you want to share art with your child. Some of these paintings I've seen in real life which is cool. I do wish the books were larger for easier viewing which is why I give them 4 stars only. I think my baby (8 months) would be more engaged if they were larger.

If you are buying individually, the Van Gogh and Matisse are bright and very eye-catching. The Monet is a bit murky and dark and the Degas similarly so although you gotta love the ballerinas. Of course, I prefer Van Gogh and Matisse anyway so maybe I am biased.
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