Linnea in Monet's Garden (Hardcover)
It's been 25 years, since this book created a generation of Francophiles. Readers can perhaps still remember all the fascinating details: How Linnea and Mr. Bloom traveled to Paris and stayed at the Esmeralda. How they met Monet's step-great-grandson and learned about his unconventional family (including how Monet's wife and a friend had to share the household's one fancy dress.) How Linnea marvels at the way Monet's paintings are so clear at a distance, but seemingly just blobs of paint close up. And how to document one's travels as the irrepressible Linnea does, soaking up every sight, sound, smell and taste. (Baguette, goat cheese, pate, nectarines for a picnic in the shadow of the world's most famous pink house.) The publisher Sourcebooks has re-issued this masterpiece (a book that absolutely set a new standard for children's nonfiction in the 1980s) in a size that feels just a little wonky compared to the original. But the book, with its marvelous plethora of illustrations, reproductions of Monet's art, and historic and contemporary photographs, remains fresh as the foxgloves, hydrangeas, and roses at Giverny.— Carol Muller
25th Anniversary Edition
Linnea has been in Paris. And she has visited the painter Claude Monet's garden She even stood on the same little Japanese bridge that Monet painted so often in his pictures. In Paris, Linnea got to see many of the real paintings.
Now she can understand what it means to be called an Impressionist, and she knows a lot about Monet's life in the pink house where he lived with his eight children.
Twenty-five years after its original publication, this celebration of the wonder of art is available once again in an enlarged keepsake edition. The joy and inspiration Linnea discovers in Monet's garden will be eagerly embraced by a new generation of readers.
Original and charming.--New Yorker