Mr. Gauguin's Heart
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Mr. Gauguin's Heart

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Based on a true story, Mr. Gauguin’s Heart is about the birth of imagination and the solace of art. Young Paul Gauguin sailed from Denmark to Peru with his family: his mother, his father, his sister, Marie, and his odd-looking, imaginary orange dog. At first being on the boat was fun; he loved to walk his dog on the ship’s bridge. Then one day, Paul found his mother in tea...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Tundra Books (first published November 17th 2004)
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When young Paul Gaugin (yes, the famous painter) is on an ocean voyage with his family, his father dies suddenly. His mother does a poor job of explaining the death to Paul, who watches a red balloon float away and thinks it is his father's heart. A few weeks later he meets a man painting pictures in the park. The man encourages Paul to paint, and Paul paints a giant red dot. Despite what others think, Paul knows he has painted his father's heart.

I told you it was odd. I'm not sure what the...more
It took me a whole two seconds to find out that the book could hardly be called historical or factual. Gauguin's father died when he was 18 months old, and (from what I could find) the family was definitely not Danish - though I could be wrong there. Made me much more disappointed in the book after learning that.
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Mr. Gauguin’s Heart by Marie-Danielle Croteau, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Susan Ouriou - 3/4th grade and up -beautiful touching way to approach the topic of death with a child… but also touching for seeing the development of art and creativity in Paul Gauguin. Brilliant book, gorgeous illustrations.
The full five stars are for the illustrations, which are magnificent. The text itself was not as satisfying, but it was a very cool book nonetheless.
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