Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Gorgeous Picture Book and Story to Introduce Monet's Paintings to Young Readers
Art and Biography of Monet Introduces Young Readers to Impressionism
Barb Rosenstock's Mornings With Monet is a delightful picture book and story to begin introducing young readers to art and a famous painter. The colors of Monet's paintings make him the perfect artist to introduce children to the world of art and classic artists. Art provides children a new way to see things around them in their world. Monet saw art concepts in ordinary things in his world and the ordinary things that he painted will be familiar to children. Flowers, water, plants, and all the beautiful colors of nature are part of Monet's paintings. The story begins when Monet arises at an early hour to set off with a friend in his boat to paint the Seine River in Paris. Monet considers nature to be his studio and the Seine River is a huge part of his studio. The colors of the river are Monet's passion. Monet also considers the light through which he paints. Lighting is an important part of Monet's paintings and Rosenstock's descriptive writing highlights Monet's use of colors and light. Her text tells details of Monet's beginning into impressionism and she paints a picture with words along with the illustrations to tell Monet's story. She also describes Monet's frustration as he tries to always paint the perfect picture of the nature he loves.
Mary Grandpre' contributed her talents as an illustrator with stunning colorful illustrations done in the colors of Monet's paintings. Young readers will be delighted with the details featured in the illustrations.
Mornings with Monet was published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin/Random House and is recommended for ages 5-10. It has an ISBN of 978-0-525-70817-9.
The Colors of Monet in Gorgeous Illustrations
Bring Mornings With Monet Into Your Classroom
Teachers who teach art will want to add Barb Rosenstock's Mornings with Monet to their collection of books in the classroom. I enjoyed introducing art to my students in my early childhood classrooms and art always offered children the opportunity to use their creativity to explore a variety of art tools and supplies. A well-stocked art center is always a popular area in the classroom.
Monet's impressionistic style is especially popular with children because he paints nature and familiar scenery. Flowers, water, plants, and all of the outdoors are seen in his paintings.
*Read Mornings With Monet in a story time session. Call attention to Monet's scenic walk on his way to join his friend with the boat one morning. The text contains several color words to describe the path that he takes. Make these color words come alive for your students by providing crayons in these colors for children to match with the illustrations of this outdoor walk.
*Call attention to the name of the Seine River that Monet loves so much. Have a globe or map of Paris available for students to locate the Seine River.
*Call attention throughout the story to all of the color words. Call attention to the illustration that features the tools that Monet uses.
*Provide a variety of art materials for students to use in painting their own impressionistic painting. Large drawing paper, paint in the colors that Monet used in his paintings, markers, and an easel are all part of a well-stocked art area in your classroom.
*Many art museums feature postcards of famous paintings in their gift shop and catalogs. Collect these postcards of Monet's paintings to make available for children in the art area of your classroom.
*The text also describes how Monet arranged his paintings from light to dark. Provide an opportunity for children to arrange crayons in the colors that Monet used from dark to light. A fun activity for arranging colors can also be provided by collecting paint sample cards from a paint store and assign an activity for children to arrange these color cards from light to dark. Make this a challenging activity by providing color cards in a variety of shades of the same color. Example: Light to dark blue.
*The story mentions several of Monet's painting pals-Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Sisley, and Morisot. Bring in books that feature these artists.
*Provide an opportunity for children to share their paintings in a "Show and Tell" class activity.
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