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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Series: Smart About Art
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448425211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448425214
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perfect for my elementary art classroom.
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The content is colorful, simple to understand, and inspiring.
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He asked me to read it to him a 2nd time right on the spot.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
My daughter read this book for a class report, and we liked the fact that this book coincidentally was written as though it was a child's report about Van Gogh. She was intrigued to find out that Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime, and was not a rich artist. The humor in the writing and illustrations make this book accessible, fun, and informative, and help kids relate the artist's life. The evolution of Van Gogh's painting style beginning with Potato Eaters and the influences on his art are discussed in understandable terms. It was fun to learn that throughout his life, Vincent's best buddy was his brother Theo, even though they fought as siblings often do. The book contains many photos of Van Gogh's actual paintings. Great book. We both recommend it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Msmutty on June 20, 2005
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I wanted something to spark my 6YO son's interest in art. This book sure did. He asked me to read it to him a 2nd time right on the spot. He also spotted a Van Gogh print that I brought home. This is a fine series. I also got the Degas which wasn't quite as interesting but he still liked it. I just ordered Picasso and a few others. Get the Van Gogh and if your child loves it, try some of the others. (I also liked that this mentioned Van Gogh was very depressed once at loving a woman who didn't love him back.)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joy B on October 28, 2004
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This is what my daughter called the famous painting when I first bought her this book. She is almost 4 and has owned this book for about 9 months and it is regularly a favorite that she likes to read...well, more often she likes to look at the pictures and name the paintings. This is a great intro to art book for young children. I highly recommend as a first book for your little art-lover, or art-lover-to-be.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By midwest on January 5, 2008
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My 5, 6 and 8 yr old kids are entranced when I read them the Smart About Art books. After reading one, I came back to Amazon and ordered as many as I could.

They are written as a student would write a book report, but are humorous, touching and extremely informative with plenty of examples of the artists' work. I attended Art School 20+ years ago and it was a refresher course for me as well. It includes background/personal info about the artist, but only as much as a child can comprehend and as it pertains to his art. These books have just the right amount of info on the artists and their work.

I wanted to share the world of art with my kids. Though my youngest two still use coloring books and my oldest reads chapter books without illustrations, these Smart About Art picture books are the perfect mix where they all can gain something from them--this series is neither too young nor too advanced.

After years of reading picture books, my kids often ask "can that really happen?" or "is that person real?" I wanted a break from the imaginative world of children's lit and now I'm happy to finally answer "Yes, this person really existed, this really happened!" after reading the Smart About Art books.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. McBee on December 23, 2011
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I praise the originality in which this book is presented, the humor it has,the way it draws a child into Van Gogh's world with it's colorful and quite beautiful layout. However the information about Mr. Van Gogh is out dated and some parts possibly incorrect and others completely incorrect. After a 10 year study historians are now mostly in agreement that Van Gogh didn't cut off his own ear lobe and he certainly didn't give it to Rachael as a present. She was the bar maid (or more) outside the bar(or house of ill repute) where he had a fight with his friend, fellow artist Gauguin, who likely cut his ear in the fight with a sword. Secondly, he wasn't always sad. First, if you read his over 800 letters to his brother Theo his depression comes and goes but he has an optimistic outlook on life and even knows at some point his paintings will be appreciated. Secondly, the drastic change in his paintings using dark colors and sad themes such as the Potato Eater in the early days are later replaced with bright colors and happier, outdoor themes. His paintings could take up to 18 months to dry, not just weeks, due to the thickness of the painting style he worked with. His work is so complex and beautiful because he put layer upon layer of paint on the canvas until it popped out and grabbed hold of the person looking at the painting! It is now speculated by some highly regarded historians that he also didn't commit suicide but was murdered by teenagers while painting in his favorite location. The history of this amazing artist needs to be revised in many books as we have all been taught information that now seems could, and in some cases, is completely wrong. This is likely the first introduction a child would have to Van Gogh and the misinformation will stay with them.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Carroll on October 17, 2007
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My five year old was so inspired reading this that she went to the basement and proceeded to make her own copies of his works. It is nice and simple, but with a decent amount of info and great pics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Woodruff on October 24, 2010
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This book is written for kids in a simplistic, sometimes comedic, and easy to read form. There are pictures of many of his works, and the authors talk about everything from the artist's life to his style, subjects, and color choices! Granted, many of these musings are brief, but it is definitely enough to get any child seeing the world of art in full color!
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