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"One of Lionni's familiar-looking mice lives in a junk-strewn attic. When Matthew visits an art gallery, he is entranced. That night Matthew dreams about walking hand in hand through 'playful patches of color.' He awakens, his inspiration stays with him and he goes on to paint great things. Lionni uses familiar collage and color techniques, but what colors! He employs bright, rich hues that stand out smartly against white backgrounds."—School Library Journal (starred) ...
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Overview

"One of Lionni's familiar-looking mice lives in a junk-strewn attic. When Matthew visits an art gallery, he is entranced. That night Matthew dreams about walking hand in hand through 'playful patches of color.' He awakens, his inspiration stays with him and he goes on to paint great things. Lionni uses familiar collage and color techniques, but what colors! He employs bright, rich hues that stand out smartly against white backgrounds."—School Library Journal (starred)

A visit to an art museum inspires a young mouse to become a painter.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On a visit to a museum, a mouse discovers his artistic vocation; PW's boxed review said, ``In a classic `less is more' mode, the text is direct yet abundantly meaningful.'' Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Matthew, the mouse takes his first trip to a museum where he experiences the world of art and meets Nicoletta. Now Matthew knows that he wants to become a painter. He does and eventually marries Nicoletta. His largest painting hangs in a museum, and he gives it a title "My Dream." Beautifully told tale of self discovery handsomely illustrated by an award-winning illustrator.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- A classy, classic Lionni mouse fable with themes like those in Frederick (1967) or Geraldine, the Music Mouse (1979, both Pantheon). Here, too, the joy, exuberance, and service of an artist's calling are made clear to the very young. A poor mouse couple lives in a dusty attic where they have great hopes for their only child. When they ask Matthew what he wants to be, however, he is uncertain--until the day his class goes on a field trip to the art museum. The paintings make a profound impression on him, and they clarify his vocation; he is to be an artist. In one memorable turn of a page readers see just what the tiny dreamer has seen, as Matthew's imagination transforms the dreary junk of his attic corner into a Picasso-like work of art. Both the torn paper collages and the reproductions of museum `` mouse terpieces'' in various painting styles invite children to look and look again. A strong, fine book by an illustrator who, like Matthew, paints canvases ``filled with the shapes and colors of joy.'' --Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, VA
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“A classy, classic fable . . . by an illustrator who, like Matthew, paints canvases ‘filled with the shapes and colors of joy.’”—School Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Inviting, brilliant pages . . . offer a gentle introduction to the missions of art and the artist.”—The Horn Book Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679810759
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1991
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    kept a rowdy class rapt with attention!

    Great story and illustrations - used in preschool class to highlight hopes and dreams and the "what do I want to be when I grown up" question - a hard concept for 3-5 yo's to grasp! All Leo Lionni books are awesome; this one is not as highly visible as others, but a gem nonetheless!

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