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Touch the Art: Make Van Gogh's Bed Board book – October 28, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Touch the Art
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (October 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402735677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402735677
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has it all. Three of the five senses anyway are engaged - sight, sound, and touch.

What do we see?

Art - great art. Masterpieces of Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, and, of course Van Gogh. Each spread introduces a famous canvas. Each one is a feast for young eyes. And older ones too...

What do we feel?

Each reproduction has a tactile area that all will want to touch. Scratchy sandpaper in Cassatt's Children on the Beach. Silky peach fuzz in Still Life with Peaches and Cherries by Cezanne. And of course a frilly tutu in L'Etoile by Edgar Degas.

What do we hear?

Rhythmic rhymes alongside each painting take us through a day at the beach.

It begins with Van Gogh's bedroom at Arles -

Wake up!
Good morning sleepy head.
It's time to make your messy bed.

It ends with The Starry Night, also by Van Gogh.

It's dark outside.
Stars are shining bright.
Pull up your covers
and say good night!

Courtlynn, age 14 months, gives it a strong endorsement.
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This is a great touch and feel book! It includes:
Van Goghs Bedroom at Arles- Vincent van Gogh
Still life with Cherries and Peaches- Paul Cezanne
Still life with Three Puppies- Paul Gaughin
L'etoile (the Star)- Edgar Degas
A Girl with a Watering Can- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Children on the Beach- Mary Cassatt
The Water Lily Pond: Green Harmony- Claude Monet
The Cradle- Berth Morisot
The Starry Night- Vincent van Gogh

We love this whole series of books! The authors include a short paragraph at the end of the book about each work of art and the artist who created it. While the prose in this book isn't stellar, the art is truly the star, and makes the book fun to read for us grownups.
Both my 18 month old and my 3 yr old enjoy these books! And so do I, the mommy!
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My mother will tell you her favorite way to wear out a pair of shoes is at the Met. My favorite game as a kid? Why, Masterpiece, of course.

So when these fat little volumes landed in my lap, I was pretty happy. Kids' books on great art are a trend these days. Whether it's a biography or a famous painting or a museum trip, publishers seem eager to serve up extra helpings of the stuff. Not sure why, except perhaps it's appealing to the same parents who are snatching up all those Baby Mozart CDs.

You scoff. Maybe you don't think my daughter will be able to discern Van Gogh from Vermeer by the time she potty trains, but it won't be for my lack of trying. Familiarity breeds, uh, well, more familiarity.

These four sturdy board books are organized by genre: Great Masters, Impressionists, Modern Art and Pop Art, and add ribbons, bits of lace or texture for kids to touch, spindle or mutilate. Product testing in our state-of-the-art laboratory reveals the books hold up well under extreme conditions, such as stomping, gnawing and being dropped from bunk beds.

Each masterpiece gets its own little verse. Here's this for one of Degas' dancers:

Twirling tutus, 1,2,3!

The girls are waiting by the sea.

The verses are adorable bits of whimsy, or they encourage the kids to play with what they see. Biographical tidbits and explainers are in the back, labeled "artifacts".
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These books are fabulous! The creativity and imagination that went into them is bar none the best for children out there in this genre. I especially love this title because I have seen most of these works in real life. My son (2 yo) loved looking at the pictures with me. I loved exposing him to art in a format that he can enjoy and touch!
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My daughter received this book as a gift and she absolutely loves it! We now have the whole collection and she loves them all. Its a great intro to art for all kids. Kids get hooked because it draws them into each picture by inviting them to touch the art.
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im an art teacher so i immediately feel in love with this book series and ordered them for my daughters 1 year birthday. this book "make van gogh's bed" is her favorite of the 3 that we have. she loves to "make the bed" touch the waterlilies, pull the ribbon, touch the tutu skirt, and lift the curtain to see the baby sleeping. being able to interact with famous works of art is such a great concept.

my only"complaint" about the series is that they are very poorly written. we barely even read the text because in some of the books it barely even makes sense. i think "make van gogh's bed" is the best written of the 3 i have, however the monet's waterlillies is just a poor attempt at making a story connecting all the paintings, but it doesnt work so well. i think the writing could be much better - but the real joy of these books is the images and the interactive parts. we usually skip over and just talk about the art anyway...
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I bought this book for my son before he was born. Honestly I think it was mostly for me because Van Gogh is my favorite artist and the rest of the artists in this book I also like. I felt it was a great way to expose my son to some famous, classic artists and works of art. I also like how it is interactive.
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