The Color of the Night A Children's Book Inspired by Paul Gauguin by Helene Kerillis
  

Synopsis

The Color of the Night A Children's Book Inspired by Paul Gauguin by Helene Kerillis

Set in a Tahitian village very much like the ones Gauguin painted, this beautifully illustrated book draws on the figures in Gauguin's painting, Arearea, or happiness - two women, a red dog, and a large stone idol - to weave a simple but profound tale. Vahine-Noa, queen of daylight, lives for happiness and colour while her sister, Vahine Po, queen of the night, lives for her dreams, darkness, and silence. Bringing these two women together is a young boy, Tevai, and his dog, who undergo a magical experience that unites their village and helps them understand the importance of being true to your feelings. Throughout the story, Vanessa Hie's gorgeous illustrations recall Gauguin's colorful, mystical paintings of the South Seas. The book closes with a stunning reproduction of its inspiration, Gauguin's painting Arearea. Children will be drawn into Hie's intricate paintings as they follow Tevai's story, which, along with a brief introduction to Gauguin and his work, offers a superb look into the life and art of this hugely influential artist.

Reviews

This colorful picture book encourages young readers to consider stories that works of art can tell. --School Arts Magazine

About the Author

Helene Kerillis is a teacher and writer who has written over forty books for children and young adults, including A Bird in Winter and Little Ballerina (both Prestel). Vanessa Hie is a young designer and illustrator who lives and works in Paris.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

Helene Kerillis
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Publisher

Prestel

Publication date

23rd July 2012

ISBN

9783791371283


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