Henri, Egg Artiste

Henri, Egg Artiste

by Marcus Pfister Herbert
     
 

Henri is a true artist who has grown tired of decorating his eggs in the same old way. Readers are led on an exploration of the art world as Henri creates beautiful works in the styles of celebrated painters of the past. Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, and Claude Monet are just a few of the geniuses who inspire Henri, Egg Artiste. A delightful way to introduce

Overview

Henri is a true artist who has grown tired of decorating his eggs in the same old way. Readers are led on an exploration of the art world as Henri creates beautiful works in the styles of celebrated painters of the past. Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, and Claude Monet are just a few of the geniuses who inspire Henri, Egg Artiste. A delightful way to introduce children to a world of masterpieces, this book has applications that extend far beyond the obvious Easter promotions. Marcus Pfister's bolder, brighter palette is sure to win this popular author/illustrator even more fans.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Pfister offers an introduction to art masterpieces in this humorous tale of a rabbit who is a "professional Easter egg painter." Henri's wife, Henrietta, has brought in the eggs, but Henri complains that, as an artist, he is sick of painting the same old eggs. Henrietta worries about the disappointed children while Henri seeks inspiration for something different. As he finally begins to paint his new "masterpieces," Henri produces a series of eggs in styles ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary modern. Finally, instead of hiding them, he puts them on exhibition. Despite Henrietta's concern, the children are quite pleased, gazing in wonder. The appropriately-dressed anthropomorphic bunnies are painted in scenes filled with contextual details, from the cottage and barn to Henri's studio, which is cluttered with small sketches, a messy worktable, and loose paint brushes. When he shows his eggs, those in the know will be delighted to see many art masterpieces viewed through Henri's inventive artistic eyes. A foldout at the back has small reproductions of the paintings used to model the eggs, along with a few lines of information about each artist and work. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3- Henri is a professional egg painter, but he feels uninspired about decorating any more Easter eggs. Henrietta cajoles him to get to work, suggesting that he will be disappointing the children otherwise. However, the artistic bunny believes that they are as bored as he is with the same old lovely eggs. Then he has an idea, and when he finishes painting them, the eggs are definitely different. The art ranges in inspiration from an unknown ancient Egyptian's Portrait of Queen Nefertiti to Paul Klee's Legend of the Nile . The eggs are so special that Henri insists that, instead of hiding them, they be placed on pedestals. As the children come upon his work, they stare in wonder: the exhibit is a success. The large illustrations are bright and expressive with perspectives that invite readers into the action. A foldout shows the 16 original paintings and provides brief information about the artists. The liberties Henri has taken include a Tahitian bunny in the tradition of Gauguin and Keith Haring's figures adorned with bunny ears and tails. This fun eggs-hibition will delight the eyes and imaginations of young artists.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735821309
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.56(w) x 12.82(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children. He has worked as a graphic artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer as well as a children's book creator. Pfister lives with his family in Berne, Switzerland.

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