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Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail (Anholt's Artists Books for Children) Paperback – October 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Anholt's Artists Books for Children
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764138537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764138539
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An enchanting introduction to the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, with beautifully illustrated water colours that even the youngest child will be enticed to have a look at." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Pablo Picasso

Shy Sylvette is astonished when Pablo Picasso, the world-famous artist, chooses her to be his model. As the pictures become larger and more extraordinary, "The Girl with a Ponytail" becomes famous too.

This amazing true story of developing self-confidence was told to Laurence Anholt by Sylvette herself.

Complete with reproductions of Picasso's work, this is another inspirational story from Laurence Anholt's bestselling series, celebrating some of the world's greatest artists and the real children who knew them.

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

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I also enjoy the "true story" aspect of the book!
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The illustrations are beautiful and the story captured the imaginations of my student, who are aged 10-12.
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I will keep it forever to read to my own children one day!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Let me say in the first sentence: "Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail" is a wonderful introduction to Picasso and his art. If more informational books for children were as creative and colorful as this one, children would stand in line at libraries and bookstores clutching their cards or money to take this kind of book home. It's that good!

Laurence Anholt, both author and illustrator, captures one summer in the life of Picasso in Vallauris in southern France in 1954. Picasso met young Sylvette, a shy teenager who had very secret aspirations to be an artist herself. He drew a delicate pencil sketch of her head and shoulders, featuring particularly her lovely ponytail. This was the first of about 40 works of art with Sylvette as subject.

Anholt's artwork is both light, colorful, and cheerful and casts Picasso in a most delightful manner. Although his house was cluttered with items he would later use as "found art," it shows so many different works of art Picasso had already created.

Finally, Sylvette tells Picasso her dreams. So he advises her. One night at the end of summer he completes a sculpture of Sylvette made of huge pottery pieces and adds a huge key in one hand as the key to all her secrets and a key to open a new door. He gives her a choice of any painting. She chooses the first one he did of her, later sells it, and buys an apartment on the top floor in a building overlooking all of Paris. That painting was her key.

I know I have told the ending, but in a biographical sketch, there are no secrets. Besides, the fun of this book is the joy in every illustration. Unlike some books which denigrate Picasso, this book celebrates him.

Although designed for children 9-12, this book will appeal to all ages as a delightful, one-stop foray into Picasso's famous and flamboyant life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MK on March 25, 2013
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This book is probably for children in 1st through 4th grade. I read it to my preschool class. I had to paraphrase the story for the preschoolers,but the children loved the story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on July 8, 2013
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"Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail" is a sweet story with lovely and quirky illustrations. That is enough to like the book. What makes me love it is how it introduces an artist, art history and an art style in a way that make them all feel accessible to the reader.

Laurence Anholt has also written about Van Gogh and Degas. I will definitely be looking into adding those books to my son's library.
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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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WOW. GREAT VISUALS, A GREAT (TRUE) STORY. I BOUGHT THIS FOR A 5 YEAR OLD AND NOW I FEEL THAT MUCH YOUNGER. I REALLY ENJOYED IT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Miller on May 19, 2012
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This book is wonderful! My students adore it. The story is interesting and engaging, and contains many characteristics that appropriately describe Picasso! I also enjoy the "true story" aspect of the book! The illustrations are also beautiful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keely on July 29, 2011
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Such a cute story and educational. I read it to middle school students in my summer art class. They got a kick out of it. I will keep it forever to read to my own children one day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Avila on December 20, 2008
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This is a beautifully written story about Picasso's muse. It's perfect for children who either do not know much about Picasso or want to learn more about him.
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