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Linnea in Monet's Garden (Linnea Books) Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 1987
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What a treasure. Linnea in Monet's Garden is a way to introduce children (about age 6-10, I'd say) to the appreciation of Impressionist art. The book includes photographs and drawings of Monet's home and family, a story of his life, and full-color reproductions of many of his paintings. Linnea is taken to Giverny by the elderly Mr. Bloom and, as she is entranced by all things Monet, so will you be, too.
Buy two copies: one for yourself and one for a young friend.
This book could almost be a 'fun' textbook. The artwork, both of the author's and of Monet's is absolutely exquisite. Becoming familiar with Monet's life and his paintings become a marvelous art history lesson. As an adult, I not enjoyed reading this lovely book but I learned a lot. In fact, a few days after reading LINNEA in Monet's Garden I was watching a Sex in the City episode where Charlotte was showing a group of people one of Monet's 'lily' murals. Being familiar with that painting because of this book was an exciting moment for me!
For those readers who have had the opportunity to see Giverny and the gardens in person it will be a special treat to read this book and reminisce. And for those who haven't been there and read this book, certainly it will provide a wonderful travel destination in the future. At the very least I imagine it will have most readers looking for an art book to view more of Monet's paintings or visiting a musuem which has his works.
The book tells the story of Linnea, a small Swedish girl, and her old friend and neighbour, Mr. Bloom. Linnea and Mr. Bloom share a love for paintings and for flowers, and Claude Monet is a painter they both love. Together they decide to visit Paris, and Monet's garden in Giverny, and with the help of this book we can go with them on this journey.
The book is first of all a beautiful, everyday story about two friends visiting the house and garden of a beloved painter. But it is also a masterpiece in the way it is built up. The way the story, the information about the impressionist period in art, the pictures and paintings all melt together. I and my 6 years old daughter can never get tired of the book, and after reading it an uncountable number of times we both felt that we knew the garden in Giverny. It was a very special day for us then, last summer when we were able to visit Giverny, the house and the garden. We could walk around seeing the same sights as Linnea had seen, sit on the bench together with both Monet and Linnea, walk over the Japanese bridge, and take pictures of all the flowers Linnea had also photographed.
Though this book is first of all a book for children it is a treasure for all ages. A pure joy to read over and over again.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this was one of my very favorites as a child and still is one of my most treasured books.
i can't recommend it enough for a little girl who loves art, history and... Read more
I grew up on Linnea in the early-mid 90s. I had the movie on tape, all the books, the Linnea doll etc etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by VioletandRye
If you would love a well-written and artistic book to read to your child or to enjoy yourself, "Linnea in Monet's Garden" would be the perfect choice for you. Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by Linnea
Have always loved this book! It planted the seed for love of nature and art at a young age in my life!Published on April 28, 2014 by mel
My girls love this book (and we say the movie first which is also enjoyable) and now they love Monet as a result. Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by Melody Resnick
Lovely illustrations and storyline to grab every reader--young or old. Actually a fair amount of information about Monet himself and his life. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer