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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (June 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764160974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764160974
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Titus dreamed of being an artist like his famous father, but his father didn't think he was old enough to learn. Even so, Titus was determined. He peeked over his father's shoulder, watching as lines wiggled across the paper. As if by magic, a view of the Amstel River appeared.

"I'm going to do that," Titus thought.

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Author Molly Blaisdell transports young readers to the city of Amsterdam in the 1650s. It is a time when Rembrandt van Rijn is at the height of his artistic powers--and when his young son Titus longs to imitate his father and become a great painter. But Rembrandt tells the boy he is too young to learn to draw and paint. How can young Titus change his father's mind? Here is a warm-hearted story for children with illustrations that capture the atmosphere of seventeenth-century Holland and suggest some of the genius that radiates from Rembrandt's own magnificent paintings.

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THE AUTHOR:
Molly Blaisdell
is a freelance writer who has published books for children on a variety of subjects. She lives with her husband, Tim, and their four children in Woodinville, Washington.

THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Nancy Lane
is a freelance illustrator and creator of artwork that ranges from community murals, logos, and courtroom drawings to licensed T-shirt designs, and children's books. She is also the illustrator of the children's book, Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hair, published by Barron's.

About the Author

Molly Blaisdell is a freelance writer who has published many articles and books for the children's educational market. She lives with her husband Tim and their four children in Woodinville, Washington. This is her first picture book.

Nancy Lane is a freelance illustrator and creator of artwork that ranges from community murals, logos, and courtroom drawings to licensed T-shirt designs, and children's books. She is also the illustrator of the children's book, Renior and the Boy with the Long Hair, published by Barron's.

More About the Author

Molly Blaisdell is a dash of fun, mixed in with some smart cookie and a splash of capable. She started her first fan fiction group in junior high and never stopped writing. Today, she writes about geeky girls with lofty dreams and about the absolute craziness of falling in love.

When Molly's not writing, she curls up with a book, heads to a popcorn blockbuster, or kicks back to watch shooting stars. If she sees the moon in the daytime, she thinks she's lucky.

Molly is the mom of four and lives in College Station, Texas with her college sweetheart Tim and two cats - one evil and one good.

PLUMB CRAZY from Swoon Romance is her first novel. She's also the author of 30 books for young children, including THE BIG FUZZY COAT (MeeGenius, ebook), REMBRANDT AND THE BOY WHO DREW DOGS (Barron's), and THE TRUTH ABOUT UNICORNS (Capstone Press).

She inspires artists of all kinds with her weekly blog:
Seize the day (mollyblaisdell.blogspot.com).

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This story conveys the human story of an iconic artist through the developing relationship with his son.
Lois
This sensitively written book combines colorful illustration, historical information with a storyline that appeals to children and adults alike.
Megan B
I love the way the story is integrated with colorful modern illustrations juxtaposed with Rembrandt's own moody, emotive work.
Louise A. Spiegler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs: A Story about Rembrandt van Rijn is a children's picturebook set in 1650s Amsterdam, when artist Rembrandt van Rijn is at the peak of his prowess, and his son Titus longs to follow in his father's footsteps. But Rembrandt tells his boy that he is too young to learn how to draw and paint. What is Titus to do? The simple color illustrations bring to life this thoughtful story about father-son bonds, honing one's practice in a chosen craft, and the (sometimes) helpful efforts of man's best friend. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Eboch on June 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a kid-friendly intro to the famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn, in Amsterdam in the 1650s. Blaisdell built a father-son story from the historical fact that Rembrandt's son Titus sketched as a child. In this fictional version, Titus wants to imitate his father, but Rembrandt thinks he is too young. Titus must prove himself. It's a warmhearted story against the lovely backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland. An extensive author's note adds value. Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs: A story about Rembrandt van Rijn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise A. Spiegler on August 20, 2009
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A beautiful book! I love the way the story is integrated with colorful modern illustrations juxtaposed with Rembrandt's own moody, emotive work. Blaisdell renders the world of this artist an inviting one by allowing us to view it through the eyes of Rembrandt's young son Titus. On one hand, Titus contends with a household of rambunctious pets who make a mess his father's studio, and on the other, struggles with his desire to win his father's approval. The gentle story-telling brings to life not only the world of a great artist, but the enduring warmth of a son's relationship with his father. It's clear that the mission of the book is to introduce kids to art and the artistic process, and the book definitely succeeds in this. Highly recommended.
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Got this for kids aged 8, 6 and 3 before a trip to Holland. It made Rembrandt into a relatable character for them, and they were thrilled to visit his real house (a museum) and see his paintings in the museum, I think largely b/c of this book.
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Dogs, a monkey, the Amsterdam skyline, and a little boy who wants to grow up to be just like his daddy... this charming book will inspire young artists and daddy's of little boys, too! A great deal of historical information is worked very naturally into the text. A good book for every budding artist.

K. Hamilton
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