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The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
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Dec 19, 11

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Read in November, 2011

Inspired by Franz Marc's paintings of blue horses, Eric Carle has created a beautiful a book celebrating artistic creativity. The story is simple: a young artist paints animals in various unnatural colors, affirming, "I am a good artist." Carle's vivid tissue paper collages are saturated with color and contain an almost three-dimensional depth, keeping the reader's eye on the page long after the few words have been read. A brief afterword gives an account of Franz Marc and his revolutionary artwork.

Though the colors in the book are inspired by Marc's paintings, each image is in Carle's familiar style. While the artistic concept may be meaningless to very young readers, the book is both a beautiful tribute to a past age of art and a beautiful and entertaining read. Highly recommended for ages 2 to 5.

Tags: art, Franz Marc, Das Blaue Reiter, animals, painting, creativity, pre-K readers, read-aloud
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