Thursday, June 5, 2008

Mr. Gauguins's Heart by Marie-Danielle Croteau


In this story, a young boy travels with his family to Peru. Although he enjoys the journey, tragedy strikes when his father passes away. While the rest of his family grieves, the boy, Paul, is unable to understand the situation but still feels the sadness. He discovers his own way to cope with the loss of his father and to find hope.

Mr. Gauguin's Heart is supposedly based on the life of young Paul Gauguin, a world-famous impressionist painter. I found the text to be a little strange but also touching. Aside from the text, the illustrations are what truly make this book shine. They are strikingly original, blending crisp graphic shapes and painterly details, making a this a beautiful book.

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