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Camille and the Sunflowers Hardcover – August 1, 1994
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From School Library Journal
Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is a great way to introduce your kids to Van Gogh and several of his most popular works.
Some of the characters in this story are Van Gogh, who is wise, smart and a talented painter. Another character is Camille, a brave, superior, strong, and willing boy. Camille’s father, a local postman with a big heart. And last some of the children in the school, which Camille attends. The children are rough and mean and do not like Van Gogh.
Vincent felt terrible. He wanted to leave. So one night Camille nearly escaped his house and tried in vain to get mournfully disappointed artist to stay. Van Gogh did not listen. One spring night Camille ran to the painter’s yellow house. He saw him packing his bags. Vincent admitted that this was not the right town for him. Camille could not argue with that. Van Gogh mentioned having a parting gift for the boy. He extended a painting of Camille’s sunflower patch. The bright boy joyfully ran home with his new treasure securely under his arm.
Vincent left the London but Camille always kept the picture. From that day forward he knew to always believe that no matter what other’s thought about him, only what he believed to be true was true.
This story was a terrific explanation of how Van Gogh became a good painter and how Camille learned a very important lesson. The descriptions of the character’s physique were thoughtful and clear. For example, the author used “quick brown eyes” to create an image in the reader’s mind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice way to introduce Vincent VanGogh's history and art to children. After reading the story in preparation for my lesson to present to 3-5 year olds, I chose to reword and explain... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan S
The book is adorable, combines art work and story and gardening. Very good way to teach about artists, and is interactivePublished on October 6, 2013 by Carol Kirk OConnor
Many people have made much money from Vincent Van Gogh's paintings -- sadly, he was not one of them. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Psyche
What a beautiful book! Everyone will love this story but especially a Van Gogh lover. I also love that the story is based on a true-life incident. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by L. Kuehnle
I am very pleased with this book especially since it has great information that any children/teachers would love and was a great buy.Published on December 21, 2012 by Marta Cree
This book has beautiful pictures and a nice story. When ordering I did not realize that this edition is extremely large (about 14" x 17") and is way too big for a home library. Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by dmc