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Mornings with Monet



by
Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by
Mary GrandPre

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Knopf
ISBN
9780525708186
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Claude Monet is one of the world’s most beloved artists—and he became famous during his own lifetime. He rejected a traditional life laid out clean and smooth before him. Instead he chose a life of art. But not just any art: a new way of seeing that came to be called impressionism.

Monet loved to paint what he saw around him, particularly the Seine River. He was initially rejected for using bright colors, tangled brushstrokes—condemned for his impressions. But soon art dealers and collectors were lining up each morning to see as Monet saw. Monet, however, waited only for the light. The changing light…each morning he had a dozen canvases on hand to paint a dozen different moments. His brush moved back and forth, chasing sunlight—putting in the arduous work to create an image that seemed to contain no effort at all.

The stellar team that brought you the Caldecott Honor book The Noisy Paint Box explores another influential painter, in a moving tribute to creativity, commitment, and new ways of seeing the world around you.Author’s note. Sources. Reproductions of Monet paintings. Full-color illustrations were created with acrylic paint and ink. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

790

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book, Autobiography/Biography, Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

Claude Monet (1840–1926). French painters. Art and artists. Artistic process. Impressionism. Seine River. Giverny, France. 

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Rosenstock and GrandPré (The Noisy Paint Box, rev. 1/14; Vincent Can’t Sleep, rev. 11/17; Through the Window, rev. 9/18) provide an impression of the artist over a single morning, as Claude Monet sets out on his studio barge to paint the river Seine as the sun rises. His process for creating the “Morning on the Seine” series is intriguing, fresh, and very particular. Rosenstock carefully describes his setting up each canvas alongside the next, painting quickly on each in turn as the sun rises and changes the light on the water. Through her illustrations of that one morning, from 3 a.m. until family breakfast a few hours later, GrandPré captures Monet’s style, mimicking with acrylic paint and ink his brushstrokes and use of color so the viewer learns about the artist while getting a feel for the texture of the art itself; five images of Monet’s work are appended. Rosenstock’s text is engaging and well researched (although without specific endnotes, it is not entirely clear if she is extrapolating when she describes Monet’s feelings: “He imagines [the sun’s] warmth playing on the face of his wife Alice, still asleep”). Still, the solid list of sources and author’s note provide context for Rosenstock’s poetic language. The book works well both as an introduction to Monet and his work and as additional reading for a child who is already familiar with the Impressionist painter. MAEVE VISSER KNOTH

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Rosenstock and GrandPré (The Noisy Paint Box, rev. 1/14; Vincent Can’t Sleep, rev. 11/17; Through the Window, rev. 9/18) provide an impression of the artist over a single morning, as Claude Monet sets out on his studio barge to paint the river Seine as the sun rises. His process for creating the “Morning on the Seine” series is intriguing, fresh, and very particular. Rosenstock carefully describes his setting up each canvas alongside the next, painting quickly on each in turn as the sun rises and changes the light on the water. Through her illustrations of that one morning, from 3 a.m. until family breakfast a few hours later, GrandPré captures Monet’s style, mimicking with acrylic paint and ink his brushstrokes and use of color so the viewer learns about the artist while getting a feel for the texture of the art itself; five images of Monet’s work are appended. Rosenstock’s text is engaging and well researched (although without specific endnotes, it is not entirely clear if she is extrapolating when she describes Monet’s feelings: “He imagines [the sun’s] warmth playing on the face of his wife Alice, still asleep”). Still, the solid list of sources and author’s note provide context for Rosenstock’s poetic language. The book works well both as an introduction to Monet and his work and as additional reading for a child who is already familiar with the Impressionist painter. MAEVE VISSER KNOTH

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