Thursday, February 9, 2012

Book #40: Sunday with Seurat by Julie Merberg & Suzanne Bober, Featuring paintings by Georges Seurat

Image from Amazon.com

This board book pairs short rhyming text with paintings by the French impressionist, Georges Seurat (my artist brother always says, "Amy! You say it 'Sir-rah!'"). The brief text masterfully brings the paintings to life. As with many board books, there’s not a traditional story with a beginning, middle, and end. Instead, the text directs the reader to look at elements in the paintings. The text brings the other senses into play by mentioning the “river’s cooling breeze” and how the light "grows dim, a trombone sounds.”

Part of the Mini Masters series of board books (there are 4 in the boxed set and several additional books) featuring famous painters from Degas to Van Gogh, this book is a wonderfully accessible introduction to the world of impressionism. Although infants and toddlers won’t realize they are looking at famous paintings, they may be more inclined to appreciate them when they happen upon them later in life.

After reading this book, pull out the finger paints. The kids at this age won’t get the connection and they won’t be able to do crafts that start a discussion on impressionism like older kids could; the idea is to just enjoy the act of creating art.

-Amy

3 comments:

  1. I didn't know there was a kids' Seurat book. Fun. Perhaps they could also listen to "Sunday in the Park with George"(the musical) on CD! Especially the parts where he's painting. (Red, red-orange...)

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    1. And here are some Seurat activity pages to go with the book: http://practicalpages.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/seurats-sunday-afternoon-on-the-island-art-appreciation/ (For older kids, obviously, but maybe there's a theme going on!)

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  2. Thanks, Erin! These activities are great! I agree, for older kids. Although older kids will want more informative or plot-driven books, the board book would be nice to have on the shelf for the kids to browse through.

    -Amy

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