The First Starry Night
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The First Starry Night

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Set during van Gogh's time in Arles, France, this story tells of van Gogh's friendship with a young boy, Jacques, who lives in the same house. As van Gogh teaches Jacques a new way to look at the world around him, the two become fast friends, even brothers. When van Gogh finally leaves Arles, he leaves behind some paintings; but more than paintings, he leaves memories whic...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Charlesbridge (first published April 1998)
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I like how the illustrator tried to mimic Van Gogh' technique in painting...I don't think they're successful but they get the credit for trying.

Part of Van Gogh's life is illuminated through the words of a little boy.

I like how the writer addressed Van Gogh's mental illness

(1)"...why aren't you afraid of me? The other children are." "Because I see you feeding the stray dog. And Melon the cat likes you." "And what if I talk to myself?" he asks. "I do that too, when I'm working in the kitchen alon...more
R. C.
This one flat out says that people were scared of and mean to him, and still does not explain why. When will someone write a picture book about Van Gogh that either skips that or explains it? The illustrations are pretty great though and inspired me to try my hand at the style.
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