Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars

Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars

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by Joan Holub
     
 
Brad explores the ups and downs of van Gogh's life and art in this colorful report, featuring Brad's funny cartoons alongside reproductions of classic paintings like Starry Night.

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Brad explores the ups and downs of van Gogh's life and art in this colorful report, featuring Brad's funny cartoons alongside reproductions of classic paintings like Starry Night.

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Children's Literature
This clever biography—disguised as a report by a fictitious student named Brad Bucks—creatively conveys the essence of van Gogh's short, sad life and brilliant work in terms that elementary school children can understand. An assignment sheet serves as the book's introduction. Brad, a budding artist himself, picks van Gogh as his artist because he heard on TV that his painting, The Portrait of Dr. Gachet, sold for over $82 million dollars. He is surprised to learn that van Gogh was poor. Although the artist created more than 1,700 paintings and drawings during his ten-year career, he sold only one—The Red Vineyards. Brad reports that van Gogh's brother, Theo, was his best buddy and that the artist was a little weird. He couldn't hold down a job, he stuck candles in his hat so he could paint outside at night, and he cut off a piece of his ear as a present for a woman. Brad's own illustrations, along with pictures of several of van Gogh's famous pieces, complement the text. Part of the "Smart about Art" series. 2001, Grosset & Dunlap, $14.89 and $5.99. Ages 5 to 9. Reviewer: Ellen R. Braaf<%ISBN%>0448426129

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448425214
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Series:
Smart About Art Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
218,505
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Holub is the author and/or illustrator of many books for children. She lives in North Carolina, where the famous groundhog Sir Walter Wally helps watch the weather at the Museum of Natural Sciences. You can visit Joan at www.joanholub.com.

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Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A clever, concise introduction to Vincent van Gogh and his art. Filled with humor that will be appreciated by both kids and adults, it's a biography with photos of paintings and details about VG's life that influenced his art. My students were interested to learn that even though VG is extremely famous now, he only sold one painting in his lifetime. I enthusiastically recommend this book.
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