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Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hair Hardcover – August 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764160419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764160417
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(back cover)
Young Jean believes he's now old enough to have his hair cut short, like most other little boys he knows. But his father disagrees. His father is the renowned artist Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Renoir wants to paint pictures that show his son's beautiful hair. How can Jean convince his father to change his mind? This beautifully illustrated, gently amusing story for children includes several reproductions of Renoir's famous paintings.

Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hair is one more title in Barron's fine series of books for children about world famous artists and the young people who knew them.

Children's stories about artists from Barron's
Degas and the Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt
Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt
Matisse the King of Color by Laurence Anholt
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt
Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail by Laurence Anholt
Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hair by Wendy Wax
Rockwell: A Boy and His Dog by Loren Spiotta diMare
Suzette and the Puppy: A Story About Mary Cassatt by Joan Sweeney
van Gogh and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt

(front flap)
Jean, this story's long-haired little boy, happens to have a very famous father--the artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. But Jean also has a problem. Despite his many protests, his father thinks Jean's hair is too beautiful to be cut short. The artist loves to pose his son as a model for many of his paintings, and Jean's long hair is an important part of those fine pictures. Meanwhile, other kids of Jean's age often tease him because of his hair, and that makes him quite angry. Even worse, well-meaning adults are sometimes attracted by his beautiful long hair and mistake him for a pretty girl. That annoys and embarrasses him. Jean simply has to convince his father that the time has come for him to wear his hair short like the other boys.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Wax,
a children's book editor for several years, now writes and illustrates her own books. Wendy is married to a commercial photographer and is mother of their young son, Jonah. She lives and works in New York City and Remsenburg, NY.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Nancy Lane
has illustrated children's books for 20 years. Her art training, at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, included a semester studying in Rome and seeing Europe's great collections. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York with her husband and children.

About the Author

Wendy Wax, a children's book editor for several years, now writes and illustrates her own books. Wendy is married to a commercial photographer and is mother of their young son, Jonah. She lives and works in New York City and Remsenburg, NY.

Nancy Lane has worked for 20 years at the job she knew she wanted since childhood: illustrating books and other materials for children. Her art training, at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, included a semester studying in Rome and seeing the great art collections of Europe. She enjoys doing paintings that reveal emotions in the faces of her people - and even in animals. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York with her husband and children.

More About the Author

Wendy Wax is the author of many children's books including Even Firefighters Go to the Potty (Little Simon); City Witch, Country Switch (Marshall Cavendish); Class Picture Day (Price Stern Sloan); Renoir and the Boy With the Long Hair (Barron's), Empire Dreams (Silver Moon Press), Clara the Klutz (InnovativeKids), Otis C. Mouse (InnovativeKids), Sugar and Spice (InnovativeKids), Arlo Makes a Friend (Sterling), and Arlo Gets Lost. (Sterling). She has also illustrated and written Bus to Booville and You Can't Scare Me (both Grosset & Dunlap), and illustrated Pinkeriffic Playdate (HarperCollins), an early reader in Victoria Kann's Pinkalicious series.

Wendy grew up in Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BFA in graphic design, she moved to NYC and worked as a children's book editor. At the same time, she began writing books and creating collage illustrations for magazines, ads, and books.

Wendy has written books for Nickelodeon, Disney, and Children's Television Workshop featuring popular characters including Dora the Explorer, Diego, SpongeBob, Fairly Oddparents, Backyardigans, Rugrats, Sesame Street, Barbie, and the Disney princesses.

Wendy lives in New York. Visit Wendy's website at www.wendywax.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beth Blatt on September 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect book to spark a child's interest
in art. I read it to my sons (ages 5 and 7) and they
had fun picking out their favorite Renoir paintings.
Then they wanted to go to the museum so they could
look for Renoir paintings. (This made me happy!) My
older son identified with Jean (Renoir's son), who
wanted to be more like the other kids, but more
importantly, he admired Renoir who followed his
passion and didn't care what anyone thought of him.
What an inspiring message for kids!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Tashjian on September 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Great Book! Lots of fun to read. My children and I both enjoyed the story, how little Jean was part of his father's artwork and creative process. Good for all ages, from 4 to 41. I liked learning more about Renoir.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annabella on September 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm a third-grade teacher and bought this book for my class library. There's a mixture of real art pieces and drawings done by an illustrator whose style goes well with the paintings. It's a fun way for the kids to learn about something new. I highly recommend it to teachers of grades 3-5. It's a fast favorite, and now my class is filled with Renoir fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fan of Tick Tock on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My kids (who hate having their hair cut) love this book and have been asking for it every night. I love the fact that now they'll grow up knowing who Renoir was, recognizing his paintings, and knowing the surprising and amusing story behind them. This is such a gem of a story and it's so wonderful that someone thought to write a children's book about it. Great story, beautiful illustrations.
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