A Blue Butterfly: A Story about Claude Monet

A Blue Butterfly: A Story about Claude Monet

by Bijou Le Tord
     
 
In a garden of spectacular beauty in Giverny, France, Claude Monet painted flowers. Dazzled by the light, he painted with rich colors of vermilion, emerald, and violet. His poppies, tulips, irises, and waterlilies have awed the world. In her radiant watercolors, Bijou Le Tord uses Monet's own palette of only eight colors. Her magnificent paintings and poetic words

Overview

In a garden of spectacular beauty in Giverny, France, Claude Monet painted flowers. Dazzled by the light, he painted with rich colors of vermilion, emerald, and violet. His poppies, tulips, irises, and waterlilies have awed the world. In her radiant watercolors, Bijou Le Tord uses Monet's own palette of only eight colors. Her magnificent paintings and poetic words celebrate the extraordinary vision of the beloved impressionist painter, Claude Monet.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Creating a picture book about an extraordinary painter and his work without using that artist's paintings is a very large gamble, but Le Tord wins big in this visual poem about the French Impressionist master. Incorporating the familiar imagery of haystack, cathedral, lily pond and seascape into radiant watercolors, Le Tord shows a kindly-looking old man busy at his easel in all manner of weather. Her haiku-like text provides just enough information to inspire the reader's imagination. Water lilies, for example, ``unfold their secrets to the light.'' Le Tord's illustrations, sweet and childlike, share Monet's palette but depart from his style. Nevertheless, her interpretation preserves a sense of his towering spirit. From her delightful title illustration of a tiny Monet standing in his balcony at Giverny to a final glimpse of a blue butterfly in the garden, Le Tord does herself, and Monet, proud. A list of American and French museums housing Monet's paintings is included. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In her admiration for Monet, Le Tord has created a book about his later years. She uses a palette similar to that of the great artist that, while limited to eight colors, did not prevent Monet from painting magnificent scenes. In researching the book, Le Tord visited Paris and Giverny to view Monet's paintings and the setting where he worked. The result, Le Tord's lyrical text and accompanying watercolors, is a gorgeous tribute to Monet.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-A short narrative highlighting Monet's painting is brought to life by Le Tord's impressionistlike illustrations of the artist and some of his most notable subjects. She comments that she was careful to use Monet's limited palette in her own pictures-not an easy accomplishment, since he claimed to use only eight colors. Le Tord portrays Monet as he was in his later, prosperous years-with a white beard and straw hat, sitting in his garden or in farmers' fields in front of his easel. In her brief, lyrical text, she describes the beauty of his paintings and his single-minded dedication to his art (while not mentioning his famous temper). His dazzling use of light is likened to a blue butterfly that he holds on his brush for just an instant. Le Tord's luminescent watercolors ``paraphrase'' some of Monet's well-known works, such as Rouen Cathedral and the waterlilies at Giverny, and place them, within this story-biography, in an accessible context for young children. A Blue Butterfly stands alone as a lovely first look at Monet and would also work well as a companion to Christina Bjork's Linnea in Monet's Garden (R&S, 1987), which gives many more details about the painter and his family.-Linda Wicher, Highland Park Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385311021
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 9.78(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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