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Vincent's Colors

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  139 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Vincent van Gogh is one of the world's most famous artists. Throughout his life, he wrote to his younger brother, Theo, about his colorful, dynamic paintings. This book pairs the artist's paintings with his own words. Van Gogh's descriptions, arranged as a simple rhyme, introduce young readers to all the colors of the rainbowand beyond. The descriptive words combine with s ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 29th 2005 by Chronicle Books
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Vincent van Gogh's art is fabulous. This book isn't that great though. But I didn't get it for the words, so I suppose it was exactly what I wanted.
Anna Richland
The art is inspiringly selected and well-presented in a high quality color format, but the text paired with the photos didn't work for me. It might be that there are only a few words on each page, as if this book was trying to be a baby reader, when actually the concepts are fairly hard. Children deserve more clarity, if they are reading it alone, or the adult reading it to them deserves a bit more help from the author, whether that comes from a small type picture caption or an in-line explanati ...more
Tina Smith
I love the simplicity of this book! Primarily it's a catalog of Van Gogh paintings, with limited words. Each page a new painting, with a line of text describing it. At the back of the book, more details on each painting. Simple, clean, quick, enjoyable read. It's more about the paintings than the words. Great for all ages.
Summary: Statements from the correspondence of Van Gogh are paired with his pictures in an exploration of color.

Review: A great way to introduce an artist and practice colors. The use of his own words make this paring of art and colors both effective and touching.

Positive review by Horn book, "The phrases form a simple rhyme, the words prompting young readers to recognize specific visual details in the art." Also positive review by SLJ,"A perfect addition as a picture book or as a simple introd
Short bio on Van Gogh. Descriptions in his own words of his famous artwork. Simple text, easy words for younger children to read and comprehend. Could use this book during an art lesson or when talking about descriptive words to spice up a writing piece and add interest.
Jul 17, 2012 Katsumi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: art
This book is extremely simple. On each page, it has photos of Van Gogh's work with the title, so it becomes educational for the parent as well. The colors are bold and vibrant to stimulate the mind's of young children. This book makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift.
Wow, what a nice book for introducing Van Gogh to children!! The book includes several of Van Gogh's more well-known, brightly colored paintings, with descriptive words that many young readers have already mastered.
Amanda Pless
This book includes both vivid images as well as words from the artist from some of his letters that he wrote to his family. It is a very good art history book. This book is good for children of all ages.
Vincent Van Gogh is my favorite artist. I love how his paintings were put in with his exact words in this children's book. Starry Night is a great painting but he has so many others. Swirly.
Ashley Correll
Vincent van Gogh is an artist that created many masterpieces. Throughout his life he wrote letters to his brother, and described his many paintings. This book is great for art lovers.
I like the idea of this book.

They've used one line to comment on some of Van Gogh's paintings. The lines are VG's own words.

It's suitable for level one readers.
Veronica Davidson
My sis gave me this at Christmas. Although, she forgot the paint by numbers set I requested with the book.
A nice little collection of van Gogh art with a few words he wrote himself about each piece.
Loved it. Simple, beautiful, worked as a read-aloud and for small group. So much to look at!
Cool Vangough children's book that I picked up from a thrift store awhile ago. Nice art.
May 09, 2009 Marie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 2-5 years old
Shelves: art, picture_books
Another beautiful art book with simple text and full-page images of Van Gogh's artwork.
Brianna Jones
A great way to introduce children to Vincent Van Gogh and fine art.
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