One day in November 1885, in Etretat, France, Claude Monet set out to paint by the water for the day, and wound up being whisked away by the waves. Based on a true incident that happened, readers will dive into this day in Monet's life with the beautiful watercolor illustrations (Monet-inspired) and fun facts that are trickled throughout the book.
In November 1885, impressionist painter Claude Monet vacationed in Étretat, France, where he spent his days outside, painting scenes of the seaside village. One morning he rose early and carried all of his supplies and half-finished paintings out to the cliffs and rocky beach, finally stopping to paint the arch called Manneporte. Eager to capture the scene before him, and aware that he must work quickly to catch the light, Monet became so engrossed in his work that he forgot to watch the incoming tide. Based on a true incident, MONET PAINTS A DAY introduces readers to the life and nature of this illustrious impressionist. Interspersed throughout the story are excerpts from the painter’s notes and letters, while a second layer of text and back matter includes information about Impressionism as a whole. Lush watercolor illustrations in the Impressionist style give readers a visual for this artistic movement. A bibliography is also included.
Julie Danneberg is the author of several books for children, including FIRST DAY JITTERS, FIRST YEAR LETTERS, LAST DAY BLUES, COWBOY SLIM, and FAMILY REMINDERS. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
Danneberg dramatizes a day in Claude Monets life, based on an actual event in 1885. In Étretat, France, children assist Monet in carrying his paintings down to the shore. There, the bearded artist in blue begins to paint furiously. Dannebergs dynamic language, first-person free verse in Monets voice, mimics the movement in Heimerls impressionistic artwork: Quickly I... ruffle my paintbrush against the canvas as jade waters ruffle against the shores edge. Asides provide brief descriptions of Monets art and personality: Monets frustration sometimes led to temper tantrums. This lovely tribute to the artist takes a surprising turn that emphasizes the challenge of capturing ephemeral moments in nature. Ages 69. (July) 2012 Reed Business Information
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