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May 21

Review: Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Björk

Review: Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina BjörkLinnea in Monet's Garden by Christina Bjork
Published by R. & S. Books on 1987
Genres: art, junior non-fiction, non-fiction
Pages: 52
Source: Borrowed
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Linnea has visited Claude Monet's garden! In Paris, she got to see many of his actual paintings. Now she understands what it means for a painter to be called an Impressionist. This innovative art book for children contains full-color photos of many of Monet's famous paintings.

Young Linnea and her elderly neighbour Mr Bloom are both fascinated with the work of French artist Claude Monet. They travel together to Paris and view his work at the Marmottan museum. They also spend two days in Giverny at Monet’s home, where they view his house, garden and the Japanese bridge that features in so many of Monet’s paintings.

The book is full of fascinating facts about Monet’s life, including information about his two marriages, children and grandchildren as well as his role in the Impressionist movement and his painting career and habits. Two of Monet’s step-great-grandsons shared their family memories and photographs with the author and illustrator, giving a personal edge to the factual account of Monet’s life.

The illustrations include drawings, reproductions of Monet’s paintings and photographs of Monet’s home, family and the plants and flowers from his garden. The drawings, paintings and photographs are prominent in the book and are arranged well to compliment each other and the text and offer a wonderful overview of Monet’s life and work.

This delightful book was loaned to my daughter by a friend who is an art teacher. Elizabeth loves art and we enjoyed reading this book and talking about the way Monet painted and the changes in his paintings as he got older. The text was a little difficult for her to read alone, especially the French terms and place names, but it was a lovely book to read together. We especially liked the reproduction of one of Monet’s waterlily paintings and the close-up image showing the detail.

Linnea in Monet’s Garden is a wonderful book to share with a child with an interest in art.

Recommended for readers aged 8+ years.

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1 comment

  1. Laura/BookingIt

    My daughter and I loved that book! Thanks for reminding me of it.

    I saw your blog listed at Here Be (Book) Reviews, and loved the name– I have a daughter that is a bookworm and a gymnast, and she can often be found quite literally reading upside down!

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