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The Magical Garden of Claude Monet

Julie lives in Paris, but she longs to walk in a beautiful country garden. When her mother takes her on a visit to rural Giverny, Julie discovers a beautiful garden and befriends a man whom she believes to be the gardener. In fact, he is the garden’s owner, the immortal artist Claude Monet.

When Julie’s dog runs away, Julie asks the gardener to help her find her pet and soon they become close friends. But this amiable, bearded old man is a very unusual gardener, for not only does he cultivate his many plants, he also paints beautiful pictures of them.

Based on a true story about the daughter of another fine artist, Berthe Morisot, this charmingly illustrated picture book features illustrations by author and illustrator Laurence Anholt. This is a title in the Anholt’s Artists Books for Children series, in which Anholt recalls memorable and sometimes amusing moments when the lives of the artists were touched by children. The author’s fine illustrations appear on every page and the books include reproductions of works by master artists.

Laurence Anholt is a British writer and illustrator whose books for children include Van Gogh and the Sunflowers, Degas and the Little Dancer, Leonardo and the Flying Boy, and Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail. Anholt’s popular books for children have been published in 15 different languages, including Cantonese, Hebrew, and Icelandic. As both an author and an accomplished illustrator, he has created a charming series of children’s stories about famous artists. He and his wife Catherine, both successful authors of juvenile titles, have three children, from whom they obtain many of their story ideas. They live and work in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England.

Appropriate for children ages 4–8.

Author — Laurence Anholt.

Paperback. 32 pages. 9¼” × 11¼" (24 cm × 29 cm).

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