A lifelong love of art is one of the greatest gifts an adult can bestow on a child—and no period of art is better loved or more available to children than Impressionism. Monet and the Impressionists for Kids invites children to delight in Cassatt’s mothers and children, Renoir’s dancing couples, and Gaugin’s island scenes; 21 activities explore Monet’s quick shimmering brush strokes, Cezanne’s brilliant rectangles of color, Seurat’s pointillism, and Degas’s sculpture-like circles of dancers. Kids will learn how the artists’ friendships sustained them through repeated rejection by the Parisian art world, and how they lived, painted, and thrilled to the vibrant life of Paris at the approach of the 20th century. A resource section guides readers to important museums and Web sites around the world.
Several new offerings open up the world of art for young readers. Monet and the Impressionists for Kids: Their Lives and Ideas by art educator Carol Sabbeth provides a compelling introduction to this 19th-century movement, from the ill-received first exhibition to the artists' later acceptance; she also addresses the life and work of individuals such as Renoir, Degas, C zanne and Mary Cassatt, and includes reproductions, 21 activities and instructions on how to "spot" an artist's work.