Katie and the Sunflowers

Katie and the Sunflowers

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Katie visits five paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne! Katie tries to pick the sunflower seeds from the Vincent Van Gogh painting, but when the vase tips over, the flowers go everywhere. Mimi, a little girl from a painting nearby, comes to help Katie, but when Mimi's dog Zazou comes too disaster follows! This imaginative fantasy about a mischievous character is an original and fun way to introduce children to art. A page of notes at the end gives background information on the artists. Includes reproductions of five famous post-Impressionist masterpieces: Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh Breton Girls Dancing by Paul Gauguin Cafe Terrace at Night by Vincent Van Gogh Still Life, with Apples and Oranges by Paul Cezanne Tahitian Pastorals by Paul Gauguinshow more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 208 x 244 x 6mm | 160g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations (some colour)
  • 1841216348
  • 9781841216348
  • 20,502

About James Mayhew

James created his first Katie book 'Katie's Picture Show' over twenty years ago as a way to share his enthusiasm for art with children. His series of Katie books are much-loved and respected as an early introduction to art. 'Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty' was James' first title featuring the adorable Ella Bella, and has been illustrated using a new delightfully retro art style. James lives in Letchworth, Hertfordshire with his wife and son.show more

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Sunflower-patterned end papers, sunflower fleuron on the verso, characteristic vignettes in the post-Impressionist notes at the back: Mayhew ("Katie and the Mona Lisa", 1999, etc.) accomplishes the remarkable feat of keeping his own style, with its vivacious line and cheery colors, while echoing the manner of others. The "others" in this case mean Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne, and Katie once again travels inside the paintings when a rainy day sends her and her grandmother to the museum. There is no single real museum that holds all these treasures, but in Katie's magical museum she knocks over the vase of Van Gogh sunflowers she's so entranced by. Getting them back leads to a merry chase. The little dog of Gauguin's Breton Girls snatches the sunflowers, and they chase him to the brightly lit Van Gogh Cafe Terrace at Night. Spilling Cezanne's apples distracts the cafe waiter, the dog and the girls leap into Gauguin's Tahitian Pastorals, but in the end it all works out, and Katie pockets a few of the dropped sunflower seeds for her and grandma's garden. The desire to be "in "a painting is played with a winsome freshness: not only are these famous art works made accessible to young readers, but Mayhew captures post-Impressionist "impasto "and rich color effortlessly. "(Picture book. 5-8)" (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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