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|Artist who painted a blue horse|
Author: Carle, Eric
Rather than use the same old colors, a child paints animals and objects in a variety of different hues.
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Kirkus Reviews (09/15/11)
School Library Journal (10/01/11)
Booklist (+) (10/15/11)
The Hornbook (00/01/12)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2011 PreS-Gr 2—Carle has constructed full-page images of animals in creative colors, beginning with a blue horse and culminating with a polka-dot donkey. The text begins, "I am an artist and I paint…" with each page displaying a different animal labeled with its name and color. The artist appears very pleased with his cheerful creations. Each page turn reveals one remarkable creature after another, and children will be filled with anticipation and surprise as they follow along. A concluding note explains that the artist in the book was inspired by Franz Marc, whose work, like that of other "degenerate artists," was banned by the Nazi regime. A reproduction of Marc's Horse and Yellow Cow is included. Carle's collages include brightly painted papers, custom cut and assembled to represent imaginative, childlike images. Adults will appreciate the connection between Carle and Marc while children will savor the simplicity and predictability of this book. Another masterpiece from a master artist.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/15/2011 *Starred Review* Brushing broad strokes onto a canvas, a mop-top boy proclaims, I am an artist / and I paint. . . . Paint he does, larger-than-life animals that run, crawl, and hop across clean, two-page spreads. But his subjects are quite subjective as well: a galloping horse is blue; an alligator, teeth bared, is crimson; and a hopping rabbit is pink. The text is almost nonexistent. Each spread simply labels the animal (a green lion) while the word and . . . moves the reader to the next page. The artwork alone is invigorating, but this book is also an homage to the Expressionist artist Franz Marc, whose died as a soldier during WWI. Marc’s legacy was not as uncluttered as these simple spreads. Declared one of the degenarate artists, along with other well-known modernists, by the Nazis, Marc and his work were banned. Carle, who grew up in Germany, was secretly shown Marc’s pictures by his high-school art teacher (an author’s note with Marc’s artwork is appended). There will be many ways to use this book. Children will enjoy looking at it purely for its whimsical joy, while those studying art will find in it a primer on expanding their views of form, color, and style. Simple and splendid. - Copyright 2011 Booklist.