Tell Us a Story, Papa Chagall by Laurence Anholt


Tell Us a Story, Papa Chagall by Laurence Anholt

The twins Meret and Bella love their grandfather, Papa Chagall, and he loves telling them stories. One day, when they visit him in his studio, he tells them about his life - through four different stories, all told during a day they spend together. The first story is about Chagall's childhood, and how his paintings of purple cows and flying people made his mother smile. She took him to see the teacher at the Art College, who was so amazed by the boy's work he offered him a free place at the college. The second story tells how Chagall met the twins' grandmother, Bella, how they fell in love and went to live in Paris, and had a baby - the twins' mother, Ida. Then comes the sad story of how the Nazis hated the Jews and mocked the paintings of Jewish artists. But Ida persuaded her father and mother to emigrate to America, taking Chagall's paintings with them. The family were not happy in America, but in the fourth and last story Chagall tells the twins that at last people started to appreciate his art and he became a famous artist - and was able to paint happy paintings again.


As with the previous titles in the series, the artist's life is told in simple narrative and charming Anholt illustrations. Books for Keeps 'The story is told well and the illustrations are charming.

'Books that straddle fact and fiction are not the easiest to make work. Laurence Anholt's experience and the confidence of the whole series give these latest books an assuredness and authoritative feel.'

'has a breezy charm of which Chagall himself might have approved... Chagall's paintings are dashingly represented and children will enjoy his weightless flying figures and their fantastical freedoms.'

'For more than 20 years the Anholt's Artists series has been one of the best loved introductions to art for young people... and please don't miss Laurence Anholt's latest masterpiece.'

'beautiful ... The tenth in a series of true stories about great artists ... exploding with colour, what it encapsulates is so wonderful about Chagall ... Highly recommended. I can think of no better way to introduce artistry to small children.'

's style suits Chagall perfectly and the story will enchant young art lovers. Angels & Urchins'

About the Author

Laurence Anholt

Laurence Anholt has written over seventy books, many in collaboration with his wife Catherine. They are both highly regarded in the UK and abroad as a successful author/illustrator team, and have had their books translated into many different languages. They met as undergraduates at Falmouth School of Art, and went on to achieve Master’s Degrees from the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal College respectively. The books which they have collaborated on are based firmly within their own family’s experiences, and many of Catherine’s illustrations depict scenes which families will recognise. It is this element which has helped to make their books so successful. Laurence also writes and illustrates his own books, and has written books with other illustrators, notably the Seriously Silly Stories, a topsy turvy series based on traditional tales but with a wonderful new twist. These were hilariously illustrated by Arthur Robins. In this series, Snow White and the Seven Aliens was awarded The Smarties Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Children’s Book Award and the Experian Big Three Book Prize. Daft Jack and the Beanstack was on the Sheffield Book Award shortlist and Ghostyshocks and the Three Scares was Pick of the Year for the Children’s Book Award. Laurence writes for a wide range of ages and is one of the most popular authors of today. Catherine and Laurence Anholt live in Lyme Regis with their three children.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

5th November 2015



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