Matisse: The King of Color (Anholt's Artists Books for Children Series)

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When Monique, a young visiting nurse, steps into the home of an elderly patient, she finds herself in rooms filled with the most vivid color she has ever seen. Her patient is the artist Henri Matisse, and as Matisse recovers from his illness, he and Monique become good friends. Later, Monique enters a convent where she becomes a nursing nun--and by happy coincidence, she meets Matisse once again. Her religious order is so poor that they don't have a chapel of their own, but Matisse decides that with Monique's ...
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When Monique, a young visiting nurse, steps into the home of an elderly patient, she finds herself in rooms filled with the most vivid color she has ever seen. Her patient is the artist Henri Matisse, and as Matisse recovers from his illness, he and Monique become good friends. Later, Monique enters a convent where she becomes a nursing nun--and by happy coincidence, she meets Matisse once again. Her religious order is so poor that they don't have a chapel of their own, but Matisse decides that with Monique's help, he can remedy that situation. He develops a sketch drawn by Monique into a brilliant set of stained-glass chapel windows, and then uses his influence to raise enough money for the chapel's construction. This true account of Matisse and the chapel at Vence, in southern France, is the main focus of Laurence Anholt's newest delightful children's story. Anholt's illustrations faithfully reproduce many of Matisse's wonderful artworks in this beautiful storybook.
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"The bright and cheerful illustrations draw heavily on Matisse's drawings, paintings, and collages. Facts about the artist's life and style are also skillfully woven into the story and illustrations. Whether in an art-themed storytime or one-on-one sharing, readers will find this book uplifting."

School Library Journal, February 2008

Children's Literature - Ashley Crider
Monique, a French night nurse hired to take care of a sick man, discovers that her patient is the famous artist Matisse. Monique and Matisse fill the nights with art, conversation and color. During their nightly visits, Matisse paints Monique in various poses. Against all odds, the artist recovers. With the ending of her job, Monique moves to the mountains and becomes a nun. The black-and-white austerity of the nunnery replaces the bright colors Matisse has brought into Monique's life. Then, by a twist of fate, Matisse moves into a cottage in the same area where Monique lives. Out of gratitude for all that Monique has done for him, he decides to build a new chapel for the nuns. Colorful stained glass floods the white chapel, and once again Monique enjoys the beautiful gift of color. This vibrant book, a part of Laurence Anholt's artist series, intermingles Anholt's illustrations with bits and pieces of Matisse's actual works. Children will love the colors and the pleasant story of friendship in this inspiring and informative picture book. The book's backmatter includes more information about Matisse and provides adults with the details necessary to teach children even more about Matisse. This book would make a great teaching tool for young children who are interested in color and art. Reviewer: Ashley Crider
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5- Anholt tells the story behind Matisse's final masterpiece-Chapelle du Rosaire. During a serious illness, the artist becomes friends with his nurse, Monique, and he draws and paints several pictures of her. When his health improves, she leaves the man who has been like a grandfather to her and joins a strict religious order. Years later, the two friends are reunited when Matisse moves into a villa close to the nunnery. As a final gift for Monique, now Sister Jacques-Marie, he designs a simple chapel for the nuns. At first she is disappointed in the stark white building created by the "King of Color." Then the morning sun shines through the brilliant stained-glass windows, and she feels like she is floating in a beautiful sea of color. The bright and cheerful illustrations draw heavily on Matisse's drawings, paintings, and collages. Facts about the artist's life and style are also skillfully woven into the story and illustrations. Readers will be delighted to see how he drew pictures on the ceiling; he "tied chalk to a long stick so that he could draw his grandchildren" high above his bed. Photographs from inside the Chapelle du Rosaire help children see and feel the glow that chapel visitors experience firsthand. More information about Matisse, Sister Jacques-Marie, and Chapelle du Rosaire is included on the inside back cover. Whether in an art-themed storytime or one-on-one sharing, readers will find this book uplifting.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764160479
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Anholt's Artists Books for Children
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 520,096
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Laurence Anholt is the author and illustrator of several children's books about famous artists, all available in North America from Barron's. They include Degas and the Little Dancer, Leonardo and the Flying Boy, The Magical Garden of Claude Monet, and van Gogh and the Sunflowers.
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