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Vincent's Colors
by Vincent van Gogh
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Chronicle, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

When creating a children's book about one of the world's most famous Impressionist painters, who could better illustrate and bring the work to life than the artist himself? Such is the case with the new children's book, Vincent's Colors, put out by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a beautiful tribute to the work of Vincent Van Gogh. Using images from his paintings and his own descriptions written in simple rhyme, the book is fresh and appealing. The words were taken from letters Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo.

Vincent's Colors introduces children to all the colors of the rainbow, as only Van Gogh could see them - from yellow sunflowers that are 'light on light' to chairs the 'yellow of fresh butter' to 'bottle-green' cypress trees. The picture book promises to appeal both to children who are drinking in Van Gogh's The Starry Night for the first time and to those who have loved the painting for years. It features such famed paintings as Sunflowers, Women Picking Olives, Irises, The Bedroom and more.

At the beginning there is a brief introduction to the artist and at the end more details follow about each of the paintings shown. The book would be an excellent springboard for an elementary school art teacher. It is also just as good though as a vibrant, yet soothing, bedtime story - allowing a parent and child to curl up together and study pictures that have amazed the world since the late 1800s.

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