Where is the Frog?: A Children's Book Inspired by Claude Monet

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When Antoinette, a comely young frog, learns that a famous artist is searching for beautiful flowers to paint, she is determined to get in the picture. But once the portrait is painted, it disappears--perhaps forever. This delightfully humorous mystery is accompanied by colorful illustrations that recall Monet's paintings of the pond near his home in Giverny. As children follow Antoinette's antics on a summer evening in France, they will become entranced by the pond, the painter, the light, and the beauty of ...
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Overview


When Antoinette, a comely young frog, learns that a famous artist is searching for beautiful flowers to paint, she is determined to get in the picture. But once the portrait is painted, it disappears--perhaps forever. This delightfully humorous mystery is accompanied by colorful illustrations that recall Monet's paintings of the pond near his home in Giverny. As children follow Antoinette's antics on a summer evening in France, they will become entranced by the pond, the painter, the light, and the beauty of Monet's world.
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School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Antoinette lives in Claude Monet's pond at Giverny, and every day she angles to be included in his paintings. When he finally notices and paints her, she is so excited that she knocks the canvas into the water and "the masterpiece has remained missing ever since." Beautiful, impressionistic illustrations in the style of Monet are somewhat marred by the inclusion of the cartoonlike frog. The text has been awkwardly translated, carelessly switching between first and third person, and offering odd turns of phrase ("Calm down, gargoyle," "By Jove, what a fool I am!"). The story ends abruptly, declaring that Antoinette was never seen again and that Mister Claude "never really got over" losing his frog painting. While the illustrations may get readers interested in the work of Monet, the silly story misses the mark. Back matter offers images of Monet's paintings that were used as settings in the story and some commentary on his life and work. This material is more interesting than Antoinette's story but is aimed at an older audience. There are other children's books on the work of Monet, the classic being Christina Björk's Linnea in Monet's Garden (R & S Books, 1987), rendering this one suitable only for large art-history collections for young children.—Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783791371399
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/25/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,004,848
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

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    Full of nice watercolors and a cute frog!

    This book is about a frog that wants his picture to be in the pretty paintings, but it was hard for him to do because he is small and green and blends in with trees and leaves. It is a short book and easy to read, and the picture paintings are really nice.

    I think artist kids would enjoy the book because it is full of nice watercolors, flowers, and the frog is cute. It would make a special gift book for a mother too, because it is beautiful like mom’s are and also moms always like flowers.

    I didn’t understand a lot of the information in the back of the book that talked about Mr. Monet’s life and history. For this reason, I give the book 5 stars but recommend the beginning of the book to kids in grades k – 5 and the rest of the book to the parents.

    Review by Young Mensan Lucy H., age 6, Tampa Bay Mensa

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