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Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail Hardcover – September 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; English Language edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764150316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764150319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"beautifully illustrated, engagingly told and a great companion to his other two books on Van Gogh and Degas. A great introduction to art and very highly recommended." The Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Laurence Anholt is part of a husband-and-wife team who have worked together on more than 60 picture books, published all over the world in more than 17 different languages. Their picture books - including the Chimp and Zee series - have won numerous awards and have been featured on television and radio. Laurence has been described by William Watt as one of the most versatile authors writing for children today. He was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting passion for art. He is a much sought after public speaker, appearing at conferences such as the European Council of International Schools Conference, the Northern Children's Book Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. To visit the Anholts' website click here --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

In a career spanning three decades, British author/illustrator Laurence Anholt has produced over 200 children's books, which are published in more than 30 languages. Books like the hilarious Seriously Silly Stories and the self-illustrated Anholt's Artists series have sold many millions of copies around the world. Laurence has also collaborated on numerous picture books with his wife, the artist, Catherine Anholt.

Born in 1959, Laurence Anholt was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting love of Art. He went on to study Painting for 8 years, culminating in a Master's Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London. Catherine and Laurence live and work in a house on a hill with studios and wild flower meadow, overlooking the sea in Devon, southwest England.

Laurence's books have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Nestlé Smarties Gold Award on two occasions. For more than a decade, Laurence has been amongst the top 200 Most Borrowed Authors from UK libraries across all genres. He was included in the Independent on Sunday's Top 10 Children's Authors in the UK and was described by William Watt as "one of the most versatile authors writing for children today".

Catherine and Laurence have been closely involved with a number of literacy schemes such as the UK Government funded Bookstart scheme. Their publication Babies Love Books (also a much-loved picture book) encourages parents to share books with babies from the earliest possible age. Their work has taken the Anholts inside Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on several occasions.

Laurence's self‐illustrated Anholt's Artists series, is an introduction to great artists for young children. These beautiful books are used as part of the national school curriculum in many countries and are sold in galleries and museums all over the world. The books, which include Camille and the Sunflowers, Degas and the Little Dancer and The Magical Garden of Claude Monet have taken Laurence on many fascinating journeys of discovery. Each scrupulously researched story is based on an actual encounter between a real child and a great artist. In several instances, Laurence has been assisted by relatives of the artists or by the protagonists themselves - for example, Laurence developed a long-standing friendship with Sylvette David, Picasso's Girl With a Ponytail. This series currently includes 9 titles and it has been adapted in many forms, including Apps for iPads, stage and TV productions and a full scale van Gogh musical which Laurence launched in Korea. The Anholt's Artists books are renowned not only for their educational value, but also for their life-affirming themes of aspiration, tolerance and acceptance of those who are different.

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the classic children's title, Camille and the Sunflowers (Van Gogh and the Sunflower in the US). This title has sold well over a million copies in numerous languages and continues to be reprinted year after year.

Laurence Anholt is a much sought after public speaker, talking about literature and his own zany view of life at conferences such as the European Council of International Schools Conference, the Society of Authors' Bi-Annual Conference and the Edinburgh Festival.

The Anholts have three grown up children, Claire and twins, Tom and Maddy. Claire currently works for the UN Secretariat in New York, Maddy is an actor living in London and Tom is a successful artist based in Berlin. Tom Anholt provided the artwork for Laurence's recent adult novel, Passionate Boy, which is set in the world of contemporary Fine Art.

Laurence Anholt's interests include art, literature, adventure travel and Buddhist meditation.

For further information visit the Anholts' website: http://www.anholt.co.uk

Customer Reviews

My 4-year old daughter and I love all of the books in this series.
T. Desantis
They had started a little club and she was just looking around for interesting ideas, books, etc. that they could do when she stumbled across this book.
T. Henderson
I am very pleased with this book especially since it has great information that any children would love and was a great buy.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Ragen on January 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book that we've read to our children for years. The fact that there is a true story behind the book makes it even more interesting for the adults who have been doing the reading. This book has particularly captivated our older boy. As we read and re-read the book to him, it was fascinating to watch as his attention shifted from simply listening to the story to observing how Picasso changed his representation of Sylvette over time -- and his questions about the art captured that change in perception. Together with the Classical Kids CDs, this series by Anholt has been one of the more valuable ways that we have introduced classical Western culture to our children.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book not only introduced the art of Pablo Picasso, but also tells a story of a young girl and her growing self esteem. As an educator, I found that this book captivated the children. The illustrations are beautiful. This book has an underlying message of courage and expression. A good book for all ages.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail. I liked how the author put real pictures of Picasso's art work in the book. At the end of the book, I liked how the author put some more real information about Picasso and Sylvette and put a picture of Picasso painting Sylvette.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have introduced a number of children's art story books to my 3 year old daugher and 4 1/2 year old son. This book is a particular favorite of my son. I think he finds intriguing the notion of a very shy girl getting attention by a famous person, growing in confidence in her own abilities, and then realizing a dream of her own. He is very attentive to the details in the book and points out that Picasso wears house slippers and keeps all sorts of odd things in his studio. My son particularly likes the idea of Picasso grubbing around in a rubbish bin to create art, which Anholt illustrates with various Picasso sculptures including one of a bull's head, a metal bike seat and handlebars for horns. The evolution of Picasso's work is beautifully told from a classical (realistic) pencil sketch of the girl with a ponytail (Sylvette) in profile to Picasso's final sculpture of Sylvette in found metal objects. A tenderly told tale of a girl's coming of age and an aging artist's genius mixed with kindness.
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My almost 5 year-old and I have devoured all of Laurence Anholt's books in the artist series (except for the latest on Cezanne), and loved them all, with the exception of this title on Picasso. Though my daughter loved the illustrations and was fascinated by the abstract way in which Picasso portrayed Sylvette, I was a bit concerned at some of the more mature themes in here, which I thought inappropriate for young children.

All of Anholt's stories in the artist series are rooted in actual events, and this is no exception. Young Sylvette is a shy and rather withdrawn young girl when Picasso gets to know her, quite by accident. The two form a friendship, and Sylvette poses for Picasso, becoming his muse for a short time. During this time, it is revealed that Sylvette has a rather strained relationship with her mother's boyfriend, who is portrayed as a "loud and unpleasant bully", and causes Sylvette to wish she could escape by running away. Anyway, this just seemed a bit too deep for a young child to comprehend and I glossed over it whilst reading it to my daughter.

This is why I gave the book three stars. We both loved the representations of Picasso's art, especially the parts that showed how Picasso painted Sylvette, and my daughter loved the abstract representation of the muse. I would still recommend Anholt's artist series of books for young children, but would advise some caution with this particular title, especially for grades K and under.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather Womack on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There are an average of 100 words on each page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CCGal VINE VOICE on June 24, 2006
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While this is a beautifully illustrated book, looking to be ment for children, there are some awefully deep emotional parts in it that I skip over when reading to my 4 year old. It is a longer picture book and geared towards 2-4th graders. It's interesting and tells a lot about Picasso and his works, but could do without his subject's tormented and emotionally disturbing past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Henderson on April 4, 2011
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My wife ordered this book for a project with our daughter and some friends. They had started a little club and she was just looking around for interesting ideas, books, etc. that they could do when she stumbled across this book.

I'm a lover of books, so as soon as it came in I sat down and read it. It was so interesting to learn the backstory to Picasso's paintings and other artwork he did of this young girl. The artwork in the book itself was very good. Just a very cute, informative and well told story about this most interesting artist and his interaction with Sylvette David, the "Girl with a ponytail".

If you like art, if you like learning more about art pieces came to be, or even if you just like interesting stories, you won't go wrong with this delightful book :-)
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