Gr 1-4-In this companion to Vicente con amor and Auguste con amor, author/ illustrator Northeast introduces the life and work of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. She does so in a kid-friendly fashion by casting the artist as a teddy bear. Claude, as a young bear, loves to lie in the garden and watch the way the sun creates light and shadow and how the light changes the colors of things. But perhaps the most momentous event of his life is his family's move from Paris to the seaside town of Le Havre, where he grows up. Here he begins his serious study and practice of painting with Boudin, a professor of painting who inspires him to leave Le Havre, return to Paris, and from thence to travel more broadly. Northeast personalizes the paintings of Monet by placing Claude in scenes drawn from, and modeled upon, his work and spunkily signing them "C. Bear." While not likely to be a book many children will read on their own, this is an excellent choice for teacher- or librarian-directed studies of art and artists and a pleasing invitation to new ways of seeing and producing art, as students search the book's illustrations [or Monet's paintings] for evidence of his focus on light rather than detail and photographic reproduction. Coop Renner, Paul C. Moreno Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.