Rosenstock, Barb

Mornings with Monet

(2) K-3 Illustrated by Mary Grandpré. Rosenstock and GrandPré (The Noisy Paint Box, rev. 1/14; Vincent Can't Sleep, rev. 11/17; Through the Window, rev. 9/18) provide an impression of the artist over a single morning, as Claude Monet sets out on his studio barge to paint the river Seine as the sun rises. His process for creating the "Morning on the Seine" series is intriguing, fresh, and very particular. Rosenstock carefully describes his setting up each canvas alongside the next, painting quickly on each in turn as the sun rises and changes the light on the water. Through her ­illustrations of that one morning, from 3 a.m. until family breakfast a few hours later, GrandPré captures Monet's style, mimicking with acrylic paint and ink his brushstrokes and use of color so the viewer learns about the artist while getting a feel for the texture of the art itself; five images of Monet's work are appended. ­Rosenstock's text is engaging and well researched (although without specific endnotes, it is not entirely clear if she is extrapolating when she describes Monet's feelings: "He imagines [the sun's] warmth playing on the face of his wife Alice, still asleep"). Still, the solid list of sources and author's note provide context for ­Rosenstock's poetic language. The book works well both as an introduction to Monet and his work and as additional reading for a child who is already familiar with the Impressionist painter.


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