Holland

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Holland – a land full of surprises, strange traditions, free-spirited people and a rich history.

Charlotte Dematons, known for her well-loved picture book The Yellow Balloon, grew up in France, but moved to the Netherlands to study art as so many have before her. With the eye of an outsider but a warm heart for the country that became her new home, Charlotte Dematons paints with a keen eye for the detail for everything that makes The ...

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Overview


Holland – a land full of surprises, strange traditions, free-spirited people and a rich history.

Charlotte Dematons, known for her well-loved picture book The Yellow Balloon, grew up in France, but moved to the Netherlands to study art as so many have before her. With the eye of an outsider but a warm heart for the country that became her new home, Charlotte Dematons paints with a keen eye for the detail for everything that makes The Netherlands so Dutch.

It's easy to see how New York was first New Amsterdam when delving into modern-day Holland. The idiosyncrasies that make Holland so unique are revealed: from pensionada in unisex rain jackets on their bikes to a grandmother with her walker, skating on the ice, between the scenes of Avercamp, Bruegel and Bosch – and of course the multicultural Dutch society revealed and celebrated with wit and warmth.

Also Available: Holland and 1000 Things About Holland set (picture book hardcover with accompanying paperback) $29.95.1000 Things About Holland explains all the details of every amazing picture, making this book both an I Spy book and an armchair travel guide for anyone already fond of this small country of tulips, windmills and so much more.

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2013

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
Dematons’s 2004 picture book The Yellow Balloon sent children on a wordless global journey; in this follow-up, that same balloon appears to be settling down in the Netherlands—eagle-eyed readers can spot it throughout Dematons’s busy rural and urban scenes of contemporary Dutch life. As in The Yellow Balloon, quirky oddities await (a witch swoops over the miniature park of Madurodam), and Dematons includes many references to the region’s artistic history, including a certain moody-looking redheaded painter seen working in an attic studio. The lovingly detailed paintings go well beyond windmills, although children unfamiliar with the Dutch landscape will need parental help filling in the blanks, since this book is also wordless. Readers seeking text-driven information about the country can find it in 1000 Things About Holland, which is available in a two-book package with this title. Ages 2–up. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

Reviews for The Yellow Balloon:
""an absorbing odyssey.""
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
""Stories develop in a dozen pleasingly complex, thematic aerial views. The art is handlsome and engagingly colorful, and the offbeat juxtapositions and cleverly concealed stories add a lot of interest.""
-Horn Book Guide
""Dematons' art is both handsome and engagingly colorful, and the offbeat juxtapositions and cleverly concealed stories add a lot of interest.""
-Horn Book
""The aerial views are panoramic and the colors are breathtaking. Depicting many different parts of the world and many unique landscapes, the illustrations are imaginative and elaborate, and brimming with hundreds of captivating miniature details. With the artwork providing a springboard, opportunities for picture-inspired storytelling are unlimited. This stunning offering has broad appeal.""
-School Library Journal
""A delightful ride for armchair travelers.""
-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935954286
  • Publisher: Lemniscaat USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 855,897
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 13.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


CHARLOTTE DEMATONS (1957) was born in the Netherlands, went to school in France, and studied art at de Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Ms. Dematons has made many illustrations for children's books, and received the most prestigious illustration awards. Uniquely talented in picture-book art, Charlotte's work has the appearance of an old master, painted with loving care.
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