Ewa Zadrzynska The Girl With a Watering Can

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The Girl With a Watering Can

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The little girl in Pierre-Auguste Renoir's famous painting decides to leave her painting and visit the others in the museum

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Grade 3-6-- "Since 1870, the Girl with a Watering Can has been standing quietly in her garden . . . " begins this unique and clever book. There she stands, Renoir's charming child, but not for long. She jumps out of her picture and visits the great masterpieces of art hanging near her in the National Gallery of Art. Each picture is seen first as a coloring-book style outline sketch because the mischievous girl robs each painting of its color: Rousseau's Equatorial Jungle , Manet's Gare Saint-Lazare , Leyster's Self-Portrait , until she goes too far. Visiting Bellini's Saint Jerome Reading , the girl is rescued by a saint after promising to apologize for all the harm done. One by one she returns to each picture--Winslow Homer's Breezing Up , Fantin-Latour's Still Life , and W. H. Brown's Bareback Riders --and the sketches become full -color paintings, richly reproduced. An unusual assortment of mostly 19th-century masterworks have been carefully chosen for their intrinsic interest, or for some serendipitous detail, such as the child's hoop abandoned in the foreground of Turner's Mortlake Terrace. An original and inventive way to open the world of fine art to children, and a book deserving of a featured spot in most collections. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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Stepping down from her frame, Renoir's Girl with a Watering Can wreaks havoc on various works of art in the National Gallery's collection. As she steals the hoop from Renoir's Girl with a Hoop and knocks over the fruit in Fantin-Latour's Still Life , among other mischievous acts, the paintings all inexplicably lose their color and are represented as black-and-white drawings--a device that makes the book's action seem static. Though laid out in picture book format, the large amount of text and small typeface may make reading a difficult task. The book's second half perks up as the Girl with a Watering Can repents, returning to all the paintings she's ruined and restoring the pieces. Their color then magically returns, and nicely executed full-color reproductions appear. Though it employs an engaging concept, this first book in a series is a rather negative way to introduce art appreciation. Ages 8-12.
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