Linnea in Monet's Garden
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Here she comes, right from the pages of the bestselling book LINNEA IN MONET'S GARDEN. The charming tale about a little girl's love for Impressionist Claude Monet's paintings is now brought to life in full animation. Join Linnea and her friend Mr. Bloom as they set off to Paris, and then to Monet's garden in Giverny. Watch with delight as they discover the real places which served as inspiration for their favorite paintings. And marvel as the paintings and the garden come to "life" in live action.
LINNEA IN MONET'S GARDEN is a unique blend of imagination and education, teaching children about the art and life of one of the most important painters of the 20th century, while entertaining them with the mystery and beauty of art and nature.
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Top Customer Reviews
She's not an artist and loves action-packed videos, but still loved this video. She immediately identified with Linnea (but laughingly said Linnea is more polite than she!) and loved the interaction with the old man, Mr. Bloom. She was entranced with the glimpses of Monet from photographs and paintings intertwined with the video. Linnea helped her see how the paintings looked "splotchy" up close but were beautiful impressions when viewed from further back.
The only criticism I have is that the mouths don't quite move appropriately with the words being said! This is distracting (and is no doubt why some reviewers thought the video was poor quality). It didn't bother my six year old, however, and after a while, I didn't notice it either.
The video brings Monet to life by the appreciation of his work that it engenders. Its peaceful feeling and pace mesh with the subject and enhance understanding.
The vidoe is so creatively made, with the story of the small girl Linnea and her old friend and neighbour Mr. Bloom. They are both lovers of flowers and of painters, and Monet is one of their favorites. They both dream about going from Sweden where they live, to Giverny and Monet's garden outside Paris. And wonder over all wonders, one day their dream comes true. They travel together to Paris and to Giverny, and we are invited to go with them.
The story is told in a charming way, with alot of illustrations from their trip and we also get to know several of Monet's paintings. Both children and adults will learn alot about Monet and his life, and about the impressionist period in art.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
Thoughts I have on why (she hasn't told me why she loves it so), are because of the simple animation, and IME, young children love interacting with older people. This movie is a very nice conversation between two people who clearly respect each other. Maybe children don't see enough of that in our age-segregated society.
There some nice shots of a couple of Monet's paintings, but my daughter hasn't swung into painting in the Impressionist style as a result of viewing this. :-)
I first came upon this charming short in the Children's Room of the Donnell Library, part of the NYPL. I was intrigued by a film for children explaining Monet, one of the harder artists to explain in art appreciation terms for young people. I was not disappointed.
This short from Sweden with English-language dubbing has a number of subtle qualities: a mediation on a well-known but elusive artist and his life; the relationship between Linnea, a curious and sometimes feisty child of about 9 or 10, and her upstairs neighbor, the kindly Mr. Bloom (Blomquist in Swedish), just the right friend and mentor a young person should have to introduce them to art, and on the French countryside they encounter at Giverny, a character in itself. Unusual and charming, Linnea could be introduced to other artists in future films but then the style and content might become formulaic. Better to leave them both in Monet's Garden. The animation is quiet and unobstrusive and would be good to introduce American children to, accustomed to more fast-moving and louder styles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully done. A mix of cartoon and real footage , my junior high students enjoyed this video, as would younger students.Published 5 days ago by Lori Ann
The story is a little on the boring side. I appreciate it because I'm an art teacher, but it hasn't gone over super well with my classes. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dayna
wonderful rendition of the storybook!
art lessons woven into the tale.
at 3 years, 2 months, my granddaughter loves it and watches it all the way through - 30... Read more
This was a strange tale to me. A young girl befriends an old man. They take a trip together to Paris. Then they check in to the same hotel room?? They visit places in Paris. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Inga Goodwin
This beautifully done version of the children's book is lovely. I'm showing it to my garden group and they will love it!Published on May 10, 2014 by katherine l. wunderlich
Lovely little movie...i Love the Book so I knew I would love the DVD...Its a gift for a Little girlPublished on April 17, 2013 by Patricia Morrissey
This is a wonderful book; it tells the story of Linnea and her friend, Mr. Bloom, going to Paris to see the art museums and then on to Giverny to visit Claude Monet's home and... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Mary J. Lewis