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Camille and the Sunflowers

Written by Laurence Anholt

Illustrated by Laurence Anholt

Part of the Anholt's Artists Series

Camille and the Sunflowers Synopsis

Where Camille lives, the sunflowers grow so high they look like real suns. One day a strange man arrives in Camille's town. He has a straw hat and a yellow beard and his name is Vincent van Gogh. Featuring stunning reproductions of the great artist's work and based on a true-life incident as seen through the eyes of a small boy, this is the perfect introduction to Vincent van Gogh for children.

Camille and the Sunflowers Press Reviews

Use of a child's perspective renders the subject matter more accessible for children, helps to disguise the educational aspect of the book and brings a fresh sense of wonder to the artist. The illustrations are bright and cheerful, with a couple of repeated motifs, such as van Gogh's pipe and straw hat, to ensure the images are simple but memorable. The writing is simple and spare but with well-chosen words, which should leave children effortlessly remembering that van Gogh painted sunflowers, and that he was unappreciated in his lifetime. The themes are that of being patient, whilst not giving up, in the face of rejection and tolerance of people who are different. || Delightful... a most attractive introduction to the artist and his work || The excellent illustrations include some of Van Gogh's own work and the picture of him in his bedroom is cleverly based on his own painting. The story includes the way he was teased and driven away for being different so it leads naturally to discussion of bullying

Book Information

ISBN: 9780711221567
Publication date: 20th October 2003
Author: Laurence Anholt
Illustrator: Laurence Anholt
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Laurence Anholt

Laurence Anholt is part of a husband-and-wife team who have worked together on more than 60 picture books, published all over the world in more than 17 different languages. Their picture books - including the Chimp and Zee series - have won numerous awards and have been featured on television and radio. Laurence has been described by William Watt as one of the most versatile authors writing for children today. He was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting passion for art. He is a much sought after public speaker, appearing at conferences such as the European Council of ...

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