Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists for Kids: Their Lives and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings

" This is an excellent resource for students and teachers. Very well-written and exceptionally detailed, with creative projects for inspiring interest in art and art history. Loved it! " said.

" this book is awesome. As a big kid at heart, i thought it was an excellent set of activities and ways to educate about the impressionism years. I myself am definitely going to be making one of those shoebox peep boxes... " said.

" A wonderful book for children who love art and/or want to learn more. This book gives a more in-depth look at a few post-impressionist artists and their work. I liked the activities listed in the book for kids - but I would definitely say it is aimed more towards children 8 years old and up. The "Art Detective" spotlights were great in showing you how to "spot" a painting by a certain artist. " said.

"I think you'd need to ask a kid about this book, as I thought the text was quite comfortable for an adult reader. I learned quite a bit -- the book doesn't pull any punches when talking about Van Gogh's battle with mental illness, and yet, nothing is inappropriate for a child. I'd probably recommend reading this with your child so that you could discuss topics like this.

The activities were clearly kid-focused.

I've finished the Van Gogh part of the book, and I'm now reading about the post-Impressionists.
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"I absolutely love van Gogh's art and was quite eager to read this children's book to learn more about him. Carol Sabbeth does a great job of summing up van Gogh's history as well as putting his life and art in a greater context. She helps the reader understand what was going on at the time in the art world as well as what was going on personally in van Gogh's life, what kind of person he was, what influenced him, and how he came to be an artist. I found that she presented the perfect amount of information - the book was both informative and entertaining.

Carol Sabbeth also presentes brief biographies of several other influential artists of the time and how their relationship with van Gogh influenced each other as well as the greater art scene. Some of the other artists she discusses are Paul Signac, Paul Gauguin, and Emile Bernard.

There are also several activities in the book for children to get their hands dirty and learn more about the art and culture that they are reading about. For example, there are art activities such as making a Starry Night peep box, paint your own vase of sunflowers, a Japanese fold out album, a Pointillist sail boat, and how to write an acrostic poem. There is also an activities to make a traditional soup that van Gogh may have enjoyed, which I thought was a fun way to learn more about the culture.

One of the things I found really interesting is how the author describes how much studying van Gogh had to do to become a great artist. Yes, he had a natural talent and aptitude, but he also had to work hard, study and practice continually, and was always open to learning new techniques.

I also liked the "art detective" spot that was written for each artist. This is a brief summary of how to identify a painting from that artist, describing their style and painting techniques.

This book presents interesting history interspersed with paintings and engaging activities and I am sure that elementary age kids would especially enjoy it, whether to learn more or do do research for a project. It was a beautiful book to read, full of colourful paintings. Carol Sabbeth has also written similar books on other artists, such as Monet.
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"This book about Van Gogh and his fellow European artists in the late nineteenth century provides a good introduction for both children and adults. The author focuses on Van Gogh for more than half of the book with biographical information and reproductions of his most famous paintings. Then there is short biographical information on several other artists including Paul Gauguin, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard and a few others, with a reproduction of a painting by each. Throughout the book there are projects to enhance the understanding of how various paintings were made. I enjoyed the introductions and did not feel that I was reading a children's book. " said.

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