Touch the Art: Make Van Gogh's Bed

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Make a big impression with these popular 19th century pieces of art. Tidy-up Van Gogh’s bed. Touch the flowers in Monet’s The Water ...

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Overview

The "Touch the Art" series is a fresh, funny introduction to fine art for kids.

"Jump inside" the paintings with fun, tactile pages that introduce children to the works of the world's greatest artists and their famous paintings. Each book in the "Touch the Art" series gives kids the chance to tug, snap, lift and pull their way through art history.

Make a big impression with these popular 19th century pieces of art. Tidy-up Van Gogh’s bed. Touch the flowers in Monet’s The Water Lily Pond: Green Harmony. Pull on the tulle tutu of Degas’ Prima Ballerina. Or cuddle the gauzy netting over Berthe Morisot’s The Cradle. Let your fingers do the walking through the Impressionist movement.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
One in the "Touch the Art" board book series, which will expose very young children to famous artists and important periods in art history. The book begins with a view of the artist's bedroom and includes a red blanket that is draped over it. Inside the book there is a painting by Degas titled L'Etoile, and kids can feel the texture of the ballerina's tutu. Also included are several other members or cotemporaries of the Impressionist School. I particularly liked the way this book opened with Van Gogh and closed with his famous painting The Stormy Night. The closing pages, entitled "Artifacts," present information about the paintings and the artists. These books could be used with any age group and in art programs. Teachers could challenge kids to make their own reproductions and to add a tactile element. Others in the series include Brush Mona Lisa's Hair, Feed Matisse's Fish, and Pop Warhol's Top.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-These board books, illustrated with some of the most famous Western masterpieces, encourage children to "touch the art." Each volume draws on a particular period, with Mona Lisa's Hair featuring the work of the Renaissance and Van Gogh's Bed the Impressionists. For each reproduction, a tactile element has been superimposed; for example, an earring on Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and a piece of tulle on one of Degas' ballerinas. In some cases the feature is small and somewhat hard to find (the fuzz on the peaches in a C zanne still life, the eyeglasses on the man in Grant Wood's American Gothic), despite the relatively large size of the books. Each selection is identified and accompanied by a brief text. The text of Mona Lisa's Hair is mostly interrogative and less engaging than the other books. It asks, "Do you have a mustache too?" Will children find this silly or condescending? Matisse's Fish opts for a more successful format, with the repetitive refrain of "What a busy day!" Van Gogh's Bed features a lively rhyming scheme, while that in Warhol's Top is more forced (delicious/nutritious/lettuce/messes). The final pages of the books include a date, location, and a description, along with biographical information on the artist for each "artifact." While the idea of introducing children to art at an early age is a noble one, pairing the touch-and-feel format to fine paintings doesn't quite work.-Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402735677
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Touch the Art Series
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 20
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Appel
Amy Guglielmo is an artist, writer, and teacher. She currently runs her own art school in a Soho loft in New York City, where she lives with her husband. Amy also teaches cooking, runs art and theater camps, and throws fabulous art parties for kids.

Julie Appel is a writer and a lawyer. Julie resides in New York City with her husband and two children, where she is an avid collector of her children’s art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    Big hit with toddler

    My daughter received this when she was a little over a year. She has loved this book since then, and she wants to read it again and again (she's now 17 months). We just recently purchased the Pop Warhol's Top, which she also loves. I'm online now to order this as a gift for a first birthday and to purchase the Matisse book for my daughter.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    Catch Picasso's Rooster

    This board book was a great gift for my 14 month old granddaughter. It is an almost indestructable board book, so she can look at it and experience the tactile features independently or with someone reading to her. She already loves books, having been exposed to them at an early age. I think this book is an excellent introduction for toddlers to the world of fine art. When she grows older, I think she will remember her introduction to fine art with fondness. This early exposure will hopefully lead to a lifelong love of art. As expected from Barnes and Noble, the books arrived in excellent condition.I purchased 4 books in the series, and will await her responses before buying more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    not as good as "Make Van Gogh's Bed"

    This was not as good as "Make Van Gogh's Bed" in the same series. It is not as engaging, especially the touch and feel. Its just not as cute and clever as our other book is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    Undercover Educational!

    We were first introduced to this art book series in our Art class at Gymboree Play and Music. My 3 yr old immediately loved the Van Gogh book which was the first. She came home talking about Van Gogh, Renoir and watercolor painting. Of course, anything that catches her attention, I am all for it, so I ran out and bought her her own copy. She took it to her preschool class for show and tell and she took it everywhere else for about a month! I am now online ordering the Matisse and Mona Lisa books which are also part of the class. She is learning about fine art and she is having a great time doing it! I highly recommend this collection to parents and educators! The price is right and they are highly durable board books, (which is a top priority for me!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Love this one too

    This series is wonderful!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    A great gift for a young art lover!

    I gave the entire collection to my nieces who recently moved to Paris and are just discovering art. These books are the perfect compliment to their growing enthusiasm and appreciation for art. They both love all of the titles in this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Brilliant!

    What a great idea for a book! The book is thoroughly engaging both for children and adults! Apart from being fun, the book contains a lot of information about art. Completely fabulous.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    Terrific Book!

    My daughter is 2 and knows everything in this book, we love the series. It's perfect to teach important art, and history pieces. This is a terrific way to teach toddlers.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    Saving the Kingdom using classic art

    Each book combines historical paintings with different developmental skills that help to keep your child's attention and teach them as well as introduce them to classic art. Out of the two books I received, one helped with counting and the other book was all about texture and working though an adventure.
    I love how they use classic art work while incorporating textiles in a different way on each page. Lee Lee and Moo both loved turning the pages and feeling the different textures. The stories are easy to read with your child. My favorite part of the books are the last few pages which show the real artwork and give the history behind each of them, adding another learning tool to the books.
    These are very well built board books and each page is nice and thick, meaning they will be able to last through for many years.
    These books are on my Holiday list and I would recommend these for yours as well
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    Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    Learn to Count with Art

    Each book combines historical paintings with different developmental skills that help to keep your child's attention and teach them as well as introduce them to classic art. Out of the two books I received, one helped with counting and the other book was all about texture and working though an adventure.
    I love how they use classic art work while incorporating textiles in a different way on each page. Lee Lee and Moo both loved turning the pages and feeling the different textures. The stories are easy to read with your child. My favorite part of the books are the last few pages which show the real artwork and give the history behind each of them, adding another learning tool to the books.
    These are very well built board books and each page is nice and thick, meaning they will be able to last through for many years.
    These books are on my Holiday list and I would recommend these for yours as well
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    Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Not appropriate for a 1 yr old

    This book was recommended as a great gift for a 1st birthday. It is absolutely not a good choice. There are so many better options.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

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    A wonderful way to introduce children to art

    This is the second book we have in this series. I am surprised that the books hold up well after many readings and rough handling by a baby. My son quickly learned where the interactive part of each page was and likes to play with it. The art work is also engaging and the images will hold my child's attention long beyond the words on the page, which are not especially interesting or put together to form much of a story. There's also a section in the back that gives more information about the artists and paintings that is interesting for adults or older children.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Great

    As a art teacher - I love this book and so do the kids in my classes.
    Easy and fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2010

    Fun

    Fun book for youngsters. Introduces them to the Masters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2010

    Fun

    My 14 month old grand daughter enjoyed making the bed! Great introduction to the Masters! She didn't like the red feathers on the Angels though! Very cute reaction, kept closing the book saying 'NO'

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    Brush Mona Lisa's Hair

    This board book was a great gift for my 14 month old granddaughter. It is an almost indestructable board book, so she can look at it and experience the tactile features independently or with someone reading to her. She already loves books, having been exposed to them at an early age. I think this book is an excellent introduction for toddlers to the world of fine art. When she grows older, I think she will remember her introduction to fine art with fondness. This early exposure will hopefully lead to a lifelong love of art. As expected from Barnes and Noble, the books arrived in excellent condition.I purchased 4 books in the series, and will await her responses before buying more.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    Tickle Tut's Toes

    This board book was a great gift for my 14 month old granddaughter. It is an almost indestructable board book, so she can look at it and experience the tactile features independently or with someone reading to her. She already loves books, having been exposed to them at an early age. I think this book is an excellent introduction for toddlers to the world of fine art. When she grows older, I think she will remember her introduction to fine art with fondness. This early exposure will hopefully lead to a lifelong love of art. As expected from Barnes and Noble, the books arrived in excellent condition.I purchased 4 books in the series, and will await her responses before buying more.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    Feed Matisse's Fish

    This board book was a great gift for my 14 month old granddaughter. It is an almost indestructable board book, so she can look at it and experience the tactile features independently or with someone reading to her. She already loves books, having been exposed to them at an early age. I think this book is an excellent introduction for toddlers to the world of fine art. When she grows older, I think she will remember her introduction to fine art with fondness. This early exposure will hopefully lead to a lifelong love of art. As expected from Barnes and Noble, the books arrived in excellent condition.I purchased 4 books in the series, and will await her responses before buying more.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Beautiful and Fun

    Brush Mona Lisa's Hair is a great way to introduce children to the Great Masters. Every page has a tactile element and there is a nice summary of each painting in the back for a great introduction to the wonderful artists that is good for children, but also for adults who would like enter the art world for the first time. These are paintings that everyone should be familiar with, no matter what the age. The reproductions of the paintings are true to the original colors and are very good. The sturdy board pages stand up to even the youngest art lover.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Beautiful and Colorful Book

    Pop Warhol's Top is a great introduction to pop art in the 60's to 80's. The pages are very sturdy and the colors are vibrant. The book explains the paintings in detail in the back, so it's very educational for even adults. Robert Indiana's LOVE is here with a fuzzy O. All the pages have a tactile dimension which makes it even more appealing to children. My grandchildren are between 2 and 7. The two year old promptly tore off the can top. The older children 4 and 7, however, were careful enough and enjoyed the book very much. This is a great series to begin talking with children about art.

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