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978486 (Hardcover)
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Age Focus: 5-8
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Groundbreaking Works Burst Forth from His Noisy Paint Box

Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers - like a proper artist.

But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound - the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint... music?

In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors - and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.

About Barb Rosenstock

Barb Rosenstock is the author of The Camping Trip that Changed America and Fearless: The Story of Racing Legend Louise Smith. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband, sons, and two big poodles. more..

About Mary Grandpré

Mary Grandpré is best known as the illustrator of the Harry Potter books. She also illustrated The Blue Shoe by Roderick Townley and the picture books The Carnival of the Animals written by more..