Bonjour, Mr. Satie

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Through the diplomatic efforts of Uncle Satie, two talented Parisian artists end their feud.

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When Uncle Satie, a debonair cat-about-town, comes to visit his niece and nephew, he regales the youngsters with tales of his escapades in Gay Paree. Satie ran with quite a crowd, it seems--numbering among his friends and acquaintances Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and a host of others. (A key on the back flap identifies, rather coyly, the array of dazzling guests pictured at one of Stein's salons--Zelda F., Josephine B., James J., Isadora D. and Ernest H. Children will certainly not know--and may not care about--their famous surnames.) When a fight erupts over whether Pablo or Henri (Picasso and Matisse) is the greater artist, Satie is chosen to referee. The story, with its gentle message of individual merit and the folly of trying to judge apples against oranges, has a certain charm. The subtle shadings of dePaola's illustrations, too, are executed with considerable elan. Most of the references to the '20s and '30s notables, however, as well as the visual puns (Satie as Picasso's Blue Nude ), are aimed at a more sophisticated audience, and may go over the heads of puzzled readers. Ages 5-9.
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From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Uncle Satie, a traveling cat, and his companion, Ffortusque Ffollet, Esq., arrive from Paris for a visit with a niece and nephew, Rosalie and Conrad. They tell of a recent incident in which their artist friend Pablo (Picasso) is nearly upstaged at a Sunday evening gathering at Gertrude's (Stein) well-known Salon. When Henri (Matisse) insists on showing his paintings as well, the artists gathered there are raucously divided until Gertrude announces a contest with Mr. Satie as the judge. He finds it impossible to declare one style of painting superior to another and pronounces both artists winners. Although the art in dePaola's flat, bold style and deep colors is dramatic, the story is pretentious. Famous personalities of Paris in the 1920s are unlikely to engage the interest of young children, and the tongue-in-cheek humor is sophisticated and adult. Older children, however, may find the story intriguing if it is introduced by their art teachers. --Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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