by Christina Bjork & Lena Anderson
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, c2012.47 pages, picture book biography
Young Linnea is fascinated with a book owned by her neighbor, Mr. Bloom. It is all about Claude Monet, a famous painter. Linnea wishes she could see for herself the flowers that he painted as well as the little bridge that appeared in several paintings. She has looked at the book so many times that she feels she is one of Monet's many children who lived in the pink house. Mr. Bloom makes magic happen and the two take a trip to Paris. They first go to a museum to see Monet's actual paintings and marvel at his technique. They then travel to the village of Giverny to wander the beautiful gardens that were an inspiration to Monet. Through the eyes of a young girl you will learn much about Monet's paintings as well as his family and slightly scandalous personal life.
This is a 25th Anniversary edition reprint. It is a charming and adorable way to give a spin on a regular picture book biography. The illustrations are gorgeous and a perfect tribute to Monet's talent.