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Mini Masters Boxed Set Board book – September 7, 2006
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About the Author
Suzanne Bober and Julie Merberg are co-authors of the successful Minimasters series (published by Chronicle Books): A Magical Day with Matisse, A Picnic with Monet, Dancing with Degas, Dreaming with Rousseau, In the Garden with Van Gogh, On an Island with Gauguin, Painting with Picasso, Quiet Time with Cassatt, Sharing with Renoir, " and Sunday with Seurat. "
Top Customer Reviews
My personal favorites are Degas and Van Gogh. I was rather let down by the Monet; I thought they chose works that didn't represent what Monet did best and was best known for, but no kid is going to care about that. They actually work together to tell a story, which is nice compared to the more randomly chosen paintings in other of these books.
The Matisse has some crazy paintings in it but they are bright and boldly colored, sure to capture a kid's attention. (Some people have complained about the two "nudes" in the Matisse book, but realistically, the figures are not anatomically detailed and in my opinion, not at all offensive or embarrassing.)
I love these because they familiarize children with famous works of art and artists without them even knowing it and the writing/poetry in the books is fun to read and keeps my daughter reading along. Highly recommended, as well as the other individually sold books (Seurat, Cassatt, Picasso, & Renoir)!
My daughter enjoys the sing-song meter of the poetry and looking at the pictures. She points to them and talks about each one. She is learning a lot of new words and colors. I am trying to teach her to pronounce the names of artists. I enjoy the peaceful storytelling (perfect for when we are settling down for bedtime or naptime) and the opportunity of seeing art in a new way. Now whenever we see paintings, sculpture, etc I point them out to my daughter and try to explain the art to her in a way that she can understand. I try to get her to notice the shapes and colors and things like that. These books are perfect for opening up a discussion with your child on art and artists. I also really enjoy that these books are about something I am actually interested in. I get sick of kid's books pretty quickly and luckily these are much more palatable to the parents who do the actual reading.
The only criticism I have is that I wish the books themselves were larger so the images would be easier to see, especially the brush strokes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter's name is Monet so, naturally, I had to get this set. It is cheaper here than in my local 2nd hand book store. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Deidre Firkind
These are beautiful. We read these before naptime or bedtime, as the stories seem to lead us towards sleep.Published 14 days ago by Susan
Saw these at the children's museum so bought the set, don't love the examples they used, but good starting point.Published 17 days ago by KDS
I love the sing songs story that was developed to go along with the paintings as well as being able to start teaching my daughter about art from such a young age. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emily D.
The toddler books are beautifully made. The pictures and stories are a wonderful way to introduce your child to art.Published 2 months ago by Neile Trainor