Katie and the Spanish Princess

Katie and the Spanish Princess

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by James Mayhew
     
 

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Katie meets a real princess and discovers the incredible Spanish artists including Velazquez!

Katie's very excited - her birthday is coming, and she'll be having a fancy dress party! What Katie would like more than anything, is to dress up as a princess, but Grandma can't seem to get her costume quite right! Perhaps a trip to the art gallery will provide some

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Overview

Katie meets a real princess and discovers the incredible Spanish artists including Velazquez!

Katie's very excited - her birthday is coming, and she'll be having a fancy dress party! What Katie would like more than anything, is to dress up as a princess, but Grandma can't seem to get her costume quite right! Perhaps a trip to the art gallery will provide some inspiration . . .
Join Katie on her adventure inside five famous paintings as she gets to be a real princess for a day!

The five masterpieces featured are:
Portrait of the Infanta Margarita by Velazquez,
Don Manuel Osorio de Zuniga
by Goya,
The Parasol
by Goya,
A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill
by Murillo,
Philip IV of Spain in Brown and Silver
by Velazquez

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A great introduction to Spanish painting.—Daily Express

Covering themes of fun, friendship and kindness, this is a cross-curricular book with a difference.—The Back to School Bookseller

Mayhew's lively pastiches are a lovely way to start a lifetime of enjoying art.—The Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846162480
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Katie
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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Katie and the Spanish Princess 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Miss_JJ More than 1 year ago
Katie and her grandmother are trying to make a princess dress for Katie's upcoming birthday and decide to go to the art museum to look at paintings of old-fashioned princesses. While there, Katie sees a beautiful princess in a painting and climbs into the scene, where she and the princess decide to play dress-up by swapping outfits. Katie discovers being a princess isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be, especially when she and the real princess end up on an adventure chasing a bird throughout the gallery and in and out of several paintings by other 17th and 18th century Spanish artists. Having read several of James Mayhew's "Katie" series now, I went into this book with a basic understanding of how it would operate and the rules of Katie's world. As in the past, I appreciated the combination of child-like adventure and art history, allowing kids to learn about art in a fun way from their comfort of their own home. With this title, there was a certain je ne sais quoi that made it even more enjoyable than some of his other "Katie" books. In particular, I liked how it played with the girlie girl culture of princess everything and ended up turning that on its head a bit. As usual, the illustrations in this book were fabulous. Mayhew does an excellent job of creating his own style while also managing to re-create famous masterpieces in a way that meshes well with Katie and her world. The book ends with a note providing some details on the painters and paintings featured in this book for children and/or parents who are interested in learning more about the art works.