- 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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Touch the Art: Make Van Gogh's Bed Board book – October 28, 2006
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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 -
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.
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!
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".
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am such a fan of the Touch the Art series! They are fun, interactive ways to introduce small children to art that they may otherwise not see. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Krista R. Bainbridge
This book has really helps up well and lasted through two boys. Fantastic art and engaging. would make a great gift.Published on May 12, 2014 by eastlala
Same as the otehr touch the art books...The art is fun and "interactive" enough I suppose, the words are sort of stupid and irrelevant, they don't make any sort of story. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Happy Mommy
LOVE this series! My kids do too! Informative and a great introduction to art. We have most of the series and I am buying more for friends' babies.Published on June 18, 2013 by Lindsay Hanselman
I bought this for my granddaughter when she was a toddler and she LOVED it. One of her very favorites. She would give it five stars. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Laurie S.
My daughter absolutely loves this book! I highly recommend it to all toddlers and their parents. The pictures and textures make it fun to read again and again.Published on October 18, 2012 by ktescandell
I strongly recommend this line of books. It has helped our son, age 5, become really familiar with the famous paintings and the artist's name. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by kmchism