Linnea in Monet’s Garden

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Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson is a book about a young girl who goes with her retired neighbor to Giverny, France to see the artist Claude Monet’s famous

Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson is a book about a young girl who goes with her retired neighbor to Giverny, France to see the artist Claude Monet’s famous garden.  What is very intriguing about this book is the pictures.  Every page has detailed illustrations, usually depicting Linnea, or sometimes drawings or pictures of Monet and his family.  This book is very descriptive using words, drawings and pictures to tell the story.  The set up of the book is very good, for instance, they have actual pictures of Monet’s flowers while Linnea is exploring his garden.  Or even, they have a picture of Monet’s kitchen while the story is taking Linnea through Monet’s house.

 

This book features many of Monet’s paintings and many pictures of Monet and his family, with captions pointing out who’s who.  Also, while they are talking about Monet in a certain time frame, they will show a picture of him in that time.  I found this helpful, because then you could really put together the story in your head.  Sometimes they show Monet’s painting and say who it is in that painting.  A lot of Monet’s paintings are picturing his garden, and sometimes his family in the garden. 

 

This book really is telling two stories, Monet’s and Linnea’s.  For instance, they have a section of a page telling about a certain person and that they died, and the rest of the page would be Linnea visiting their grave.  At the end of the book, you feel as though you’ve enjoyed a story, yet learned a lot about an artist!  If you are looking for a short, entertaining book with very detailed pictures, Linnea in Monet’s Garden is the book for you.