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Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hair Hardcover – August 1, 2007
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Young Jean believes heÂs now old enough to have his hair cut short, like most other little boys he knows. But his father disagrees. His father is the renowned artist Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Renoir wants to paint pictures that show his sonÂs beautiful hair. How can Jean convince his father to change his mind? This beautifully illustrated, gently amusing story for children includes several reproductions of RenoirÂs famous paintings.
Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hair is one more title in BarronÂs fine series of books for children about world famous artists and the young people who knew them.
ChildrenÂs stories about artists from BarronÂs
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Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt
Matisse the King of Color by Laurence Anholt
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt
Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail by Laurence Anholt
Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hair by Wendy Wax
Rockwell: A Boy and His Dog by Loren Spiotta diMare
Suzette and the Puppy: A Story About Mary Cassatt by Joan Sweeney
van Gogh and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt
Jean, this storyÂs long-haired little boy, happens to have a very famous fatherÂthe artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. But Jean also has a problem. Despite his many protests, his father thinks JeanÂs hair is too beautiful to be cut short. The artist loves to pose his son as a model for many of his paintings, and JeanÂs long hair is an important part of those fine pictures. Meanwhile, other kids of JeanÂs age often tease him because of his hair, and that makes him quite angry. Even worse, well-meaning adults are sometimes attracted by his beautiful long hair and mistake him for a pretty girl. That annoys and embarrasses him. Jean simply has to convince his father that the time has come for him to wear his hair short like the other boys.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Wax, a childrenÂs book editor for several years, now writes and illustrates her own books. Wendy is married to a commercial photographer and is mother of their young son, Jonah. She lives and works in New York City and Remsenburg, NY.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Nancy Lane has illustrated childrenÂs books for 20 years. Her art training, at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, included a semester studying in Rome and seeing EuropeÂs great collections. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York with her husband and children.
About the Author
Wendy Wax, a children's book editor for several years, now writes and illustrates her own books. Wendy is married to a commercial photographer and is mother of their young son, Jonah. She lives and works in New York City and Remsenburg, NY.
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in art. I read it to my sons (ages 5 and 7) and they
had fun picking out their favorite Renoir paintings.
Then they wanted to go to the museum so they could
look for Renoir paintings. (This made me happy!) My
older son identified with Jean (Renoir's son), who
wanted to be more like the other kids, but more
importantly, he admired Renoir who followed his
passion and didn't care what anyone thought of him.
What an inspiring message for kids!