The Artist And Me

The Artist And Me

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Vincent van Gogh is now known as an acclaimed, incomparable Post-impressionist painter. But when he lived in Arles, France, in the 1880s, he was mocked for being different. Back then, van Gogh was an eccentric man with wild red hair who used clashing hues to paint unusual-looking people and strange starry skies. Children and adults alike called him names and laughed at him. Nobody bought his art. But he kept painting. Inspired by these events, The Artist and Me is the fictional confession of one of van Gogh's bullies -- a young boy who adopted the popular attitude of adults around him. It's not until the boy faces his victim alone that he realizes there is more than one way to see the world.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Owlkids Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781771471381
Branch Call Number: JP Peaco
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Casson, Sophie


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This beautiful picture book tells a fictional story about a young bully who taunts Vincent Van Gogh.

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VaughanPLDianeB Sep 26, 2017

A moving story about the importance of not judging others by appearance or through gossip --a valuable tale in the age of social media and anonymous criticism. It also weaves in interesting facts about the life of VanGogh. It's a very good read aloud to accompany a unit on bullying, values education, or explaining character traits such as perseverance, kindness, empathy and respect.

VaughanPLKelly May 28, 2017

This is not a picture book about Vincent Van Gogh, but rather one about bullying and looking down upon those who are different from the perspective of a fictional child in Arles who participated in the bullying of the painter who later regrets his actions. It provides an important lesson and will hopefully spark important conversations with children about their own actions and treatment of others.

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