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Linnea in Monet's Garden

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Linnea has visited Claude Monet's garden! In Paris, she got to see many of his actual paintings. Now she understands what it means for a painter to be called an Impressionist. This innovative art book for children contains full-color photos of many of Monet's famous paintings.
Hardcover, 52 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by R & S Books (first published 1985)
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Actually this is a very good book. It introduces kids to the world of painting and especially to Claude Monet. Everything is explained in a simple way and the pictures are lovely.
What prevented me from rating it five stars is that I remember seeing this book in a bookstore as a kid. I skimmed through it and put it away again because I didn't like it. There wasn't enough of a story in it for my taste. Of course I see that differently now. But I still think most kids would feel the same way as I d
Feb 23, 2013 Sylvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who love flowers and art
This book has been on my shelves for years. It's a children's book which I got as a present from one of my girl's parents. In the context of art education that year my school organized a project around Impressionism. My group chooses the paintings of Claude Monet, because of the waterlilies and the paintings of his garden in Giverny.
Monet has always been one of my favorite painters, so I could tell my kids a lot about his work and life. The project was supported by students of an art college an
Aug 01, 2014 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linnéa und Blümle reisen nach Paris um auf den Spuren des Malers Claude Monet zu wandern. Gemeinsam erkunden sie Museen und den Garten von Giverny, das kann doch viel interessanter sein als ein Besuch beim Eiffelturm.

Liebevoll illustriert und mit Fotos bebildert bekommen Kinder und Erwachsene hier einen Einblick in das Schaffen und Leben des Impressionisten Claude Monet. Ganz nebenbei, in eine kleine Geschichte eingewoben, erfährt man hier etwas über seine Maltechnik, wie seine Bilder wirken, d
Mar 04, 2016 SJ rated it did not like it
Shelves: art-books
The mix of nonfiction (Monet facts) and fiction (Linnea's adventure to France) could have been excellent, but unfortunately neither shines in "Linnea in Monet's Garden". Perhaps it's just a weird translation from Swedish to English, but the nonfiction sections seem jammed in and Linnea is such a painfully precocious character that she will only appeal to a specific set of readers. To me, she comes off as a a bougie Junie B. Jones wannabe written by the same people who write phony stories that ki ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Emilymenz rated it it was amazing
My mom gave me this book when I was 12, and ever since then I have been hooked on Impressionist art. To this day, Monet is still one of my favorite painters. I remember going to the art museum in Chicago shortly after reading this book. I was amazed that I could stand in front of his oil paintings with nothing between me and his work but air. Just looking at the cover of this book brings me back to a loving, joyful time of discovery and wonder in my life.
Sep 28, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
This charming book recounts a young girls trip to Paris and her experiences at Giverny, the home of Claude Monet. Through her eyes and voice, we learn about Monet's life, his family, his triumphs and struggles. Authentic photos of Monet, his family, and his art are embedded in the whismsical illustrations. This book in the Linea series will capture the heaets if young readers who have never heard of the impressionist masters.
May 23, 2008 Joelle rated it it was amazing
This is a book for children but people of all ages can appreciate the beautiful artwork of Claude Monet. Linnea, a little girl, visits the home and garden of Claude Monet at Giverny, France where she learns about the artist's paintings and life. The book shows pictures of Monet's work and is a fun way for students to learn more about Impressionism and one of the most famous French artists of all time.
Jul 03, 2012 Tintaglia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, arcs
Linnea ha il nome di un fiore, la passione per la fotografia e il disegno, e un vicino di casa, Mr. Bloom, che possiede un libro speciale: un libro che racconta la vita eccezionale e mostra l'arte di Claude Monet, fra i fondatori dell'Impressionismo.

E con Mr. Bloom decidono di realizzare un sogno: viaggiano fino a Parigi, e dopo averla esplorata prendono il treno per Giverny, il villaggio in cui la casa rosa di Monet, il luogo in cui dipinse la maggior parte dei suoi quadri (e tutte le magniche
Sep 25, 2013 JeanBookNerd rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Christina Bjork’s Linnea in Monet’s Garden is the story of a small Swedish girl and her good neighbor friend, Mr. Bloom. They both share a passion for painting, particularly the kinds that Claude Monet creates. Their love of art brings these two friends together as they decide to visit Monet’s garden in Giverny. With a journey ahead of them, the book details their adventure to Paris.

This book is a good representation of Monet’s works and his method. Perhaps the most gripping part of this lovely
I enjoyed the combination of fiction and nonfiction as you read of Linnea's trip to see Monet's garden. It includes photographs from Monet's life, Monet's paintings, and illustrations of Linnea and her neighbor Mr. Bloom. I found the text quite interesting. My children were fascinated by page 8 and 9 where you can see what Monet's water lily looks like up close...a splotchy blob of paint...and what it looks like from a distance. While we have gone to two local art museums, they have not had the ...more
Katie Knight
Jul 10, 2016 Katie Knight rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for children in elementary school or adults who want to learn a little about Monet or the Impressionist work! It also helps explain his unusual family for the time.
May 20, 2014 Dolly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
I loved this book! I read it to myself as our girls played, but I will look for it at the library and hope to read it to them too. It's a bit long, especially if you have children with short attention spans, but it weaves a wonderful tale around an homage to the famous painter. It really makes me want to visit his home and garden.

This book was selected as one of the books for the May 2014 - Gardening discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
I both find this book good and the worst book of all time.
Have my reasons.
Apr 24, 2014 Ashlea rated it it was ok
This book was difficult for me to read because I had a hard time crossing over from the fiction to non-fiction parts. This is a story of a little girl who loves flowers and gardening and becomes good friends with her older neighbor who shares the same passion as Linnea. Linnea becomes to love Monet and his paintings thanks to her neighbor who introduces them to her, eventually Linnea dreams to see where Monet lives and the gardens that inspired so many of his paintings but learns that her dream ...more
May 10, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it
My sister and I read this beautiful book to each other, sitting under a large tree in Giverny in front of Monet's home. As we waited for our bus back to Paris we relaxed and relished our beautiful environment by reading. Surrounding us were a group of young French schoolchildren, many of whom were cautiously peering over at the two young women reading in another language what appeared to be a book suited for them. One little boy however was busy rough housing with friends, and just exhibiting ge ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Jenn rated it it was amazing
I have it from high school when I was introduced to Monet and my mom bought it for me. She continues to buy kids books for me, even though I have my little people. Read it to 5 year old Lucy and a 4th grader that was visiting this summer, and they both adored it!
Sara Felice
The story of Linnea and her trip to Paris to visit Claude Monet's garden, is an entertaining combination of nonfiction and fiction. Linnea's character is a great age appropriate guide through the story. She introduces us to Paris and Monet's art work, through the eyes of an excited young girl. The combination of Monet's art work and family photo's made the story come to life. I really enjoyed how in the beginning Linnea and Mr.Bloom have a fiction story of their own and then the book transitions ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Silas rated it it was amazing
We loved this book. Now we want to go to Paris & Giverny.
Jul 17, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
Lovely, but not much else.
Mili Fay
Aug 20, 2014 Mili Fay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
"Linnea in Monet's Garden" by Christina Bjõrk, illustrated by Lena Anderson (1985)
Translation by Joan Sandin (1987)
Rabén & Sjögren Publishing, Stockholm, Sweeden

This book is about a little girl's journey to Paris with her elderly neighbour so that they could stand for real on Monet's Japanese bridge she has so admired in her neighbour's book.

Monet is my favourite artist. The first time I was in Paris and have seen his painting in Musée d'Orsay I cried. People were staring at me as if I was c
Maria Burel
Nov 01, 2012 Maria Burel rated it really liked it
Linnea in Monet’s Garden tells the story of a young girl and her travel companion, Mr. Bloom, who journey to first Paris, and then Giverny to see the famous water lilies at Monet’s “pink house.” Using a narrative style, Bjork creates a non-fiction text packed full with information about Monet’s life, his inspirations, his frustrations, his tragedies, and his art. Did you know, for example:

Monet’s life was full of scandal and tragedy.
The locals of Giverny thought him to be crazy, spending all d
Beth Maline
This is a reissue of a book previously published in 1987. I found it on the shelf in the bookstore, and was enchanted! The pictures are fabulous, the drawings are beautiful, and the story is delightful. Additionally, this combines a story that a child can get involved with and the story of Monet, including a hefty dose of his family history (including his love for his wife Camille and then his 'friend's wife' Alice, whom he could not marry until her husband - Monet's friend and supporter Ernest ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Olivia rated it it was amazing
My art teacher in elementary school was obsessed with Claude Monet. Her whole classroom was covered in replicas of his paintings. But I also remember her obsession with Linnea. And it wasn't something I remembered until about 3 months ago, whilst buying books, and finding this that I remembered Mrs. Burrell's love of Linnea. I immediately purchased the book.

This book still had the same sense of wonder for me that it had in 2nd grade, and I'm so happy I found it.
Timothy Luken
Such a different style of book from what we have normally been reading, I did not care for this picture book too much. Being a non-fiction book, I thought this story would be an attention getter and very interesting, unfortunately I was mistaken. The story follows a young girl, Linnea and a retired gardener, Mr. Bloom, and their trip to Claude Monet's garden. The story does not keep your attention as I find it very dull. Truthfully I am somewhat biased as it is mainly about flowers. I thought th ...more
Katie McGaha
I really liked this book but it was very different than anything I remember reding. I liked how it went back and forth between images of the cartoon main characters and the real images of Monet's art and actual photographs. This book does a great job of describing who Monet was and I think it will get kids more interested in art. I already love Monet's art and I felt I learned a lot about him and Impressionism. I had know idea he had eight kids and his own beautiful garden that inspired his work ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
This book was a favorite of mine as a child. I cannot remember who gifted it to me, but the result was a lifelong love of impressionist art. In fact, I think it could be argued that my minor in Art History in college is directly related to a love of art fostered while reading this book. I don't know where my original copy got away to, but I am off to re-purchase this for my niece!
Christine Turner
Monet, Claude, 1840-1926
France-Giverny-Juvenile literature.

Linnea has visited Claude Monet's garden! In Paris, she got to see many of his actual paintings. Now she understands what it means for a painter to be called an Impressionist. This innovative art book for children contains full-color photos of many of Monet's famous paintings.

Dewy 712.6 Bjo
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
A wonderful Swedish children's book published in 1985. Linnea is a young girl who visits her elderly neighbour Mr Bloom. Together they like to read a book he has about Claude Monet, his wonderful paintings, and his famous garden. Linnea and Mr Bloom travel to Paris together (is such a thing possible in our more modern, more paranoid world). They go to see Monet's works in the famous Parisian Museums, then they travel to Giverny for the day to go to Monet's garden and feel the elements that inspi ...more
May 30, 2013 Carol rated it liked it
Young Linnea is fascinated with a book owned by her neighbor, Mr. Bloom. It is all about Claude Monet, a famous painter. Linnea wishes she could see for herself the flowers that he painted as well as the little bridge that appeared in several paintings. She has looked at the book so many times that she feels she is one of Monet's many children who lived in the pink house. Mr. Bloom makes magic happen and the two take a trip to Paris. They first go to a museum to see Monet's actual paintings. The ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it
Linnea and her upstairs neighbor, Mr. Bloom love flowers. Mr. Bloom has a book about Claude Monet and Linnea likes to look at this book when she visits. Linnea and Mr. Bloom visit Paris and several museums that have Claude Monet's paintings. Mr. Bloom provides Linnea with historical facts about Monet and his paintings. The highlight of the trip is a visit to Monet's pink house and garden. They save the Japanese Bridge and the lily pond for last. Beautiful pictures accompany the story. Toward the ...more
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"I was born in 1938 in Stockholm, Sweden, and I have been living there ever since. I love this city, built on some small islands between lake Mälaren and the sea. It’s a city with lots of water and trees and a lot of nature all around it.
I lived and went to school at the island Kungsholmen, just like my good friend and illustrator Lena Anderson. But our school was so big that we never met. I was t
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