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Camille and the Sunflowers Hardcover – August 1, 1994

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Grade 2-4-In this story that has roots in historical fact, Camille and his postman father meet a stranger who comes to their town with no money and no friends. They give him furniture and friendship, and he paints a picture of each member of their family. The boy visits the man and takes him sunflowers, but the townspeople drive Vincent away because he's too odd and he doesn't have what they consider a real job. This sad tale can stand alone, and, while it omits important details, its tone matches that of other accounts of Van Gogh's short life. Unfortunately, the CIP information, the names and locations of the Roulin family paintings, and a biographical note about Van Gogh are printed inside the book covers under the jacket flaps. The sketchy pen-and-watercolor illustrations are punctuated with seven fine art reproductions, including a little known "Portrait of Camille Roulin" and the famous "Vase with 14 Sunflowers." The Roulins and the yellow house in which the artist stayed when he was in Arles, France, are seen in context in Bruce Bernard's Van Gogh (Dorling Kindersley, 1993). The two books complement one another and provide a greater understanding of this gifted, troubled man.
Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 4-8. Based on a true encounter, this tells the story of a small boy named Camille who befriends the troubled painter Vincent van Gogh when he comes to live in a village in the Dutch countryside. Camille is heartbroken because most of the local people jeer at the artist, who never sells a picture. Some of Anholt's illustrations are based on famous van Gogh scenes (the view of his bedroom, for example); Anholt also includes reproductions of actual paintings, such as van Gogh's Sunflowers, and portraits of Camille and his family. This book will show children how art transforms ordinary things. Pair it with Nichol's Beethoven Lives Upstairs , which is also about a strange, lonely genius who enters a child's daily life. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 1st edition (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812064097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812064094
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Where Camille lived, the sunflowers grew so high they looked like real suns - a whole field of burning yellow suns." So begins Laurence Anholt's engaging picture book about the relationship between the postman's son and Vincent van Gogh. As the story unfolds, Camille and his family befriend and help this strange painter. "Vincent came to live in the yellow house at the end of Camille's street. He had no money and no friends." Vincent painted day and night, portraits of Camille's family, the sunflower fields, even the starry night. "But no matter how hard Vincent worked, he could never sell any of his paintings." His work was never appreciated, and in the end the townfolk told him to pack up his paints and leave. "Listen Camille," said his father, "people often laugh at things that are different, but I've got a feeling that one day they will learn to love Vincent's paintings."..... Based on actual events, this simple and evocative story has a powerful message of tolerance and compassion for those who appear odd or unusual, and march to a different drummer. Mr Anholt's gentle and empathetic text is complemented by his lovely and expressive watercolor illustrations, and include reproductions of some of van Gogh's most famous paintings. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, Camille And The Sunflowers is an inspiring introduction to the artist, Vincent van Gogh, and his paintings, that shouldn't be missed.
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This is simply one of the best books I ever got my daughter. When she was about 1-1/2 years old, we took her to a Van Gogh exhibition and she stared, absolutely transfixed, at "Wheat Field with Crows." So when I saw this book, it seemed like she would really enjoy it, and she has. Note that it is not an entirely happy story, true to Van Gogh's life, so it is maybe not for tiny kids. But even recomposed by Anholt, the paintings are still amazingly vivid and interesting, and led us on a web search to find more ([...] is the BEST spot!). If I could only have a few books to read to my daughter for the rest of her childhood, this would be on my list, and hers as well.
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Book tells the story of Van Gogh in Arles through the eyes of the Postmaster's son. Glosses over his illnesses (probably caused by heavy metal posioning from his paints). Very apropriate for elementary age, and reads aloud well. Teachers, Museum Educators, parents, or caregivers can follow up the story with an art activity based on his work. Discovering Great Artists : Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters is an excelent source for activities.
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I bought this book for my son as it was recommended reading in his homeschool program. My son is not really "into" books but he really loved this one. He loved it so much that he wants to learn more about Vincent Van Gogh and see more of his works. (My son is only 7.)
This book is a great way to introduce your kids to Van Gogh and several of his most popular works.
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This is the type of book that I do wish there were more of. I certainly am not going to go into plot, story-line, etc. here, as other reviewers have done so already and have accomplished it quite well. This story is based on a true encounter with the artist Vincent Van Gogh. This book is a wonderful tool to introduce children to the wonderful artist. It also has some wonderful lesson within it's pages dealing with acceptance and tolerance of those who are just a bit different than ourselves. The author has done a wonderful job with the text and the illustrations fit perfectly and are very well executed. The story is told through the eyes of a small boy. I have read this to quite a number of classes of children and they have all enjoyed it, which, when you think about it, is a pretty good indorsement for any children's book. This is certainly one you will want to add to your child's library.
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I thought the illustrations were well executed. The graphicreference to Vincent's suicide would be upsetting to younger children.Why should his suicide be mentioned at all? He left a legacy ofbeauty. END
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I was looking for books about painters to add to our library's collection. I picked this one, as well as another one from the same author, with the title "Van Gogh and the Sunflowers". The covers are different, the titles are different, so I was really surprised and upset when I realized that they were actually the same books, same illustrations, same texts, but only two different titles. It is really not nice to trick the client like this.
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Camille and the Sunflowers, was written by Laurence Anholt, and published in 1994 by Barons Educational Series Inc. This book was manufactured by South China and is a first edition for the United States. This is a children’s story about the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh. This tale takes place in London town filled with beautiful sunflowers and trains.
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.
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