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Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail: A Story about Pablo Picasso (Anholt's Artists)

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Here is the fascinating story -- based on true fact -- of a world-famous artist and a little girl who became one of his models. Sylvette first met Picasso in 1954, when she was a girl in the southern French town of Vallauris. At that time, she was the shyest and dreamiest girl among her friends, though today, she is a respected artist in her own right. When Picasso set up ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Barron's Educational Series (first published 1998)
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Sep 28, 2015 Gerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sylvette and her friends were sitting chatting on the terrace in the sun when one of them remarked that the famous artist Picasso was staying right there in Vallauris. Sylvette, who was sitting closest to the wall of the terrace, had always wanted to become an artist and she reflected that under her bed she had a sketchbook full of her drawings that she kept locked in a suitcase and that nobody had seen.

Suddenly right in front of her eyes a beautiful picture appeared above the terrace wall and h
Author/Illustrator: Laurence Anholt
First Published: 1998

Anholt explores a season in Pablo Picasso's life - the summer of 1953 when he focussed on Sylvette David, the girl with a ponytail.

While Anholt explores the art of Picasso and it's many forms, he doesn't focus on his (rather turbulent) life. Instead the story becomes about Sylvette's personal growth, and finding "the key" to her own doors, talking about her past, revealing her secrets, and becoming an artist in her own right.

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Karen Dransfield
Dec 16, 2014 Karen Dransfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great children's story about a time in a famous artist's life. This is about Picasso and his year of drawing, painting and sculpting works based on a young girl. Story includes photo's and copies of some of his actual works. A great book for a study unit on Picasso.
This children's book about Picasso, the world's most famous artist, is a fictionalized account of his platonic relationship with Sylvette David (later known as Lydia Corbett) who as an adolescent met Picasso in Paris, becoming his artistic muse for a time.
Nov 14, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leah Sherrod
Professor Holland
14 November 2011
Biographical Fiction
Book: “Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail”
Author: Laurence Anholt
This was a story based on facts about Picasso in 1954. In the back of the book it had a real photo of the girl with the ponytail. The time line is relevant and the details were really vividly portrayed. The author did not stereotype the characters. The writing style was very engaging for the reader. Some parts made it seem like you were part of the stor
Mar 08, 2016 Kris rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An interesting story that I didn't know before. My 7-year old loves this, and read it multiple times. It made me curious enough to look up Picasso's art from this period.
Apr 09, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kida
Such an interesting and true story about one of Picssso's muses who inspired 40 of his works of art!
Jun 12, 2014 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable look at a short period in Picasso's long and prolific career.
Picked it up in the library to keep myself entertained while the kids were looking at other books. The book recounts the story of Picasso painting/sculpting portraits of the young shy girl Sylvette, who wanted to be an artist herself. The message of the book reminded me of Neil Gaiman's Make Good Art speech. Sometimes it feels like universe is tired of being patient and prefers to hit one with a sledgehammer.
May 24, 2013 Jackie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, art
A sweet story, based on fact, of the friendship between Pablo Picasso and Sylvette David. She was his muse and out of this relationship came many famous pictures and scupltures known the world over. Sylvette was a budding artist, in her own right, and she was intrigued and in awe of Picasso's wondrous talent.

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail: A Story About Pablo Picasso is a beautiful ode to a world-renowed artist with gorgeous illustrations, too!
Jul 08, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail" is a sweet story with lovely and quirky illustrations. That is enough to like the book. What makes me love it is how it introduces an artist, art history and an art style in a way that make them all feel accessible to the reader.

Laurence Anholt has also written about Van Gogh and Degas. I will definitely be looking into adding those books to my son's library.
Jan 07, 2014 Nora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jp
A patron clued me in to this marvelous series & I am in love! Not only do they have biographical info, but the illustrations are in the style of the subject! Wonderful!
Aug 17, 2014 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story about Picasso and his muse Sylvette. You can learn a lot about Picasso from this story. It leaves you wanting more Picasso. This stoty proves how art can change and move people. My girls and I love this book.
May 28, 2015 Relyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any parent or teacher wanting to get kids interested in artists
Shelves: lawsonland
I really love Laurence Anholt's books. They are accessible and make the artists come to life in a way that is very relevant to kids. I love how this particular book emphasizes the playfulness of Picasso and his art. Plus, Anholt's watercolors are just amazing!
Jun 19, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Love this children's book about the girl, Sylvette David, who was Picasso's platonic muse one summer. She inspired many of his pieces in multiple mediums.
Sep 04, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant weaving of actual Picasso artworks and clever illustrations that has a few shreds of fact about Pablo embedded within the story.
Apr 12, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
this is the first time i remember reading something about picasso that made me care for his art. quite a wonderful story
Aug 11, 2015 Christopher rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-2015
It was as good as Camille and the sunflowers.It's about a girl who one day meets Picasso .
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Sep 12, 2012 Bird Lovegod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great bedtime book with the tots. We play I Spy with objects on some of the pages to.

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Nov 17, 2007 Justin Ehrecke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that like art
Writes books that involve famous painters in a way that is exciting and interesting for kids.
Apr 15, 2013 Gideon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: pets, frendship, games, art
I really liked that sylvette was chosen to be photograghs.
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In a career spanning three decades, Laurence Anholt has produced over 200 children's books, which are published in more than 30 languages. Titles like the self-illustrated Anholt's Artists series have sold many millions of copies around the world. Laurence has also collaborated on numerous picture books with his wife, the artist, Catherine Anholt.

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