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Monet Paints a Day

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  31 reviews
In November 1885, impressionist painter Claude Monet vacationed in Étretat, France, where he spent his days outside, painting scenes of the seaside village. One morning he rose early and carried all of his supplies and half-finished paintings out to the cliffs and rocky beach, finally stopping to paint the arch called Manneporte. Eager to capture the scene before him, and ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
I LOVE this book! This is a great biography of Claude Monet. Throughout the story, the text switches back from Monet's point of view to a narrator giving more information. This story tells about how Monet takes paintings to a beach shore and tries to complete them. He changes canvases throughout the day because the lighting is constantly changing. For example he might have one painting for the early morning that he works on every day but just for the morning. The same would go for the afternoon ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Monet Paints a Day tells the story of Claude Monet and his daily routine of going to the seashore to paint. The story weaves letters Monet wrote to his fiancé, Alice, with a first person account. It was very interesting to read about how Monet captured the vivid scenes we have all come to know and love. It was not always easy to do and Monet sometimes became frustrated, but he never gave up.

The illustrations in this book took on an impressionist feel and it was so interesting to see Monet's life
Katie Stein
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An impressionistic tale of an impressionist with lovely illustrations.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nicely done nonfiction children's book about Monet painting so furiously that he was almost swept into the sea.
Zoraida Rivera Morales
Based on an experience Monet had painting, it says a lot about being a painter, about capturing the beauty of nature and, also, about how to react to things that happen in life. Liked the ending very much and the author's use of words.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it
As many artists do, while on vacation in Etretat, France, Claude Monet spends much of his time painting, trying to capture the feel of the ocean waves and the enormous arch that towers above them. On one particular day described by this picture book, he is so immersed in his painting that he fails to pay attention to the surf until the water swells, covering him and his artwork. Humbled by nature's power, Monet contemplates all the work he has lost, but realizes that he can start again the next ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Told in the first person by Monet, this book explores his painting process when he was on holiday in Etretat, France. Children waited for him when he leaves his hotel, wanting to help carry his canvasses to the seaside. When they reached the strip of sand at the bottom of the cliffs, the canvasses were placed against the cliff. Monet was unique in painting right in the middle of the landscape rather than sketching and then finishing the painting in his studio. Because of his unique approach, he ...more
Dorine White
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Time for another great picture book! This one is Monet Paints a Day by Julie Danneberg, illustrated by Caitlin Heimerl. Published by Charlesbridge, this PB is so wonderful, I just had to share it.

The story revolves around a letter written to his fiancee Alice, while he was on vacation in Etretat, France. The book follows Monet as he tells about his day and what he painted, eventually The Waves at the Manneporte, 1885. All through the book and then at the end, are facts about Monet and the impres
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
A picture book of one typical day in the life of Claude Monet, as he goes down to the seashore to paint, and gets so caught up in his work that he is caught unawares by a big wave and is drawn into the water! He had absentmindedly misread the day's high tide timetable. Sidebars give facts such as: Monet painted very quickly on each canvas because he felt he had only from 7 to 15 minutes to work on it before the light would change and he had to work on another one. The illustrations in the book a ...more
Jessica Riojas
Twin Text paired with: Lily Brown’s Paintings By: Angela Johnson

Monet and Lily Brown are both artists, but the way that they feel about painting is very different. Monet gets mad and frustrated with his paintings sometimes, and yet he still paints every day. On the other hand Lily Brown seems to feel a sense of freedom and happiness when she paints. Students could compare Lily Brown and Monet and their attitudes toward painting, and they could make note of the different styles in which the two d
A nicely rendered recount of one day out of many that Monet spent at Entretat. The picture book is told in the first person present--from Monet's point of view. On the particular day described, Monet is washed off the beach by the tide--someone had forgotten to remove the previous day's tide-times page from the hotel agenda and Monet had been too engrossed in his painterly plans to notice. The book has a fair amount of figurative language and would serve as a good mentor text for poetic writing. ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
This book allows students to learn about Monet and gain exposure to some of his art work. I think this book provides a great overview about Monet. The story takes the students through a day in his life, the process he went through to paint the day. It also provides exposure to his paintings and background knowledge about him as an artist.
I believe this text can be used both to teach history and art. The lesson could be accompanied by a visit to an art museum or painting or other projects as well
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
This gives a fun summary of Monet's day of painting. It gives him a human sense in that he does the mundane things like carry his stuff to where he plans to paint. He even gave children coins for helping carry his things. It gave interesting facts about how he worked-sometimes only minutes at a time when he felt the painting matched the view he was seeing. Then the light would change and he'd start in on another that matched the lighting and the sea better.
Sandy Brehl
Full disclaimer: I'm a full-bore Monet fan.
That said, I love the multiple text forms used in this book (first person voice, letter excerpts, and expository side notes. I also love the insights to Monet's personality, the interactions he had with the local children, and the impressionist style used by the illustrator. Author's note at the back extends biographical content as well as addressing the narrative approach used and the reasons for it.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Follow Claude Monet as he vacations in Étretat, France in November 1885 as he spends a memorable day at the beach capturing the light changing over the imposing waves. Julie Danneberg did a wonderful job capturing Monet's complex personality and offer's "Monet's Painting Techniques" in the afterward.
A day in the life of Claude Monet when he was working on his paintings in Etretat on the coast of France. Told from Monet's point of view, with a parallel informational text that gives details about Monet's life, background information, and painting techniques. The way he worked on multiple canvases of the same thing at one time, going between them depending on the time of day, is fascinating.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
good - i would read again. I love the lyrical quality of this book. It makes the painter, Monet, very accessible for children. It takes a snapshot of one day in this famous painter's life. Plus I loved the added information about his life in the boxes on the bottom of the page. In addition, the author's notes in the back of the book really add to the quality of the overall book.
Yoo Kyung Sung
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-ncbla
I appreciate a side notes provided along with Monet's narration recalling the incident of ocean wave jumped on him. calm voice in the texts shines along with the water color illustration. I appreciate the book feeling like I learned an important recalling day by Monet.
An excellent picture book about the artist Monet that captures his work style, painting philosophy, and painting style. All this in a simple "kids book." I was able to base an entire hour's activity session on Monet from this story.
Arapahoe Libraries
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This would make a perfect gift for your favorite young artist. Come meet Julie Danneberg at our Teen & Children's Authors Open House.
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lovely story of a day in the painting life of Monet. This short picture book has both the story of what happened to Monet on a certain day along with some little factoids about his painting and technique.

Lovely, impressionist (of course!) illustrations.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Sophie really likes this one. Great intro to Monet. Slightly scary when the wave crashes over him - I edit it to be less scary. She wants to go see the painting now.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
We loved learning about Monet, and laughed when all of his stuff went into the ocean! It made him more personable, and not just a distant artist.
Oct 07, 2012 added it
Shelves: picture-books
Based on a true story of how Monet almost went out with tide during a painting session on the shores of France! Illustrations - needless to say - are beautiful!
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pb, storytime
written from Monet's point of view. Tells a story that makes him seem more human. Beautiful watercolors (which is ironic? since he painted with oils).
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
46 months - I wasn't sure if O would like or appreciate this book but she did. We will have to explore more artists soon.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
fabulous in every way!
Edward Sullivan
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, art
A story based on one of Monet's seaside painting expeditions offers readers an insightful introudction to the artist. Includes author's note and bibliography.
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
"Nature is greatness, power, and immortality." (p. 24)
Samantha Portwine
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Feb 06, 2016
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