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Go on an enthralling journey through 40,000 years of art and learn about everything from cave paintings to Cubism! Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and illustrated by Kate Evans, Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories is made up of 68 chapters of stories about art through the ages. The book also includes reproductions of featured artworks, a compre Go on an enthralling journey through 40,000 years of art and learn about everything from cave paintings to Cubism! Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and illustrated by Kate Evans, Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories is made up of 68 chapters of stories about art through the ages. The book also includes reproductions of featured artworks, a comprehensive timeline of events, and extra feature spreads on places connected with art. An essential reference book for all children who love art and stories, this book is the perfect blend of both. Discover artists and their art around the world, in exciting and imaginative tales about artists and the way they created their work. • Fresh, new take on presenting the history of art – using a well-thought-out timeline, carefully selected artists and artworks, beautiful illustrations, and engaging storytelling, this book will delight all curious minds • Perfect for home, classroom or school library – an interesting supplement to learning about art and history for parents and teachers • Be inspired – the stories explore art from different parts of the world, and they draw on events from history that inspired many great works of art • A beautiful gift – this is a beautiful book; hardcover with exquisite illustrations and photographs throughout Let your child discover the wonder of art and history with Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories. Michael Bird is a writer, art historian and radio broadcaster. His books include 100 Ideas that Changed Art. He has also published many essays and articles, and lectures widely. He currently holds a Goodison Fellowship at the British Library, where he is researching the oral history of modern British art. Kate Evans is a freelance illustrator with clients including HarperCollins, The Guardian, Macmillan Books, National Geographic, Transport for London and V&A Magazine. She has had exhibitions in Bristol, Bath, London and Stockholm. Kate lives and works in Bristol.


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Go on an enthralling journey through 40,000 years of art and learn about everything from cave paintings to Cubism! Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and illustrated by Kate Evans, Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories is made up of 68 chapters of stories about art through the ages. The book also includes reproductions of featured artworks, a compre Go on an enthralling journey through 40,000 years of art and learn about everything from cave paintings to Cubism! Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and illustrated by Kate Evans, Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories is made up of 68 chapters of stories about art through the ages. The book also includes reproductions of featured artworks, a comprehensive timeline of events, and extra feature spreads on places connected with art. An essential reference book for all children who love art and stories, this book is the perfect blend of both. Discover artists and their art around the world, in exciting and imaginative tales about artists and the way they created their work. • Fresh, new take on presenting the history of art – using a well-thought-out timeline, carefully selected artists and artworks, beautiful illustrations, and engaging storytelling, this book will delight all curious minds • Perfect for home, classroom or school library – an interesting supplement to learning about art and history for parents and teachers • Be inspired – the stories explore art from different parts of the world, and they draw on events from history that inspired many great works of art • A beautiful gift – this is a beautiful book; hardcover with exquisite illustrations and photographs throughout Let your child discover the wonder of art and history with Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories. Michael Bird is a writer, art historian and radio broadcaster. His books include 100 Ideas that Changed Art. He has also published many essays and articles, and lectures widely. He currently holds a Goodison Fellowship at the British Library, where he is researching the oral history of modern British art. Kate Evans is a freelance illustrator with clients including HarperCollins, The Guardian, Macmillan Books, National Geographic, Transport for London and V&A Magazine. She has had exhibitions in Bristol, Bath, London and Stockholm. Kate lives and works in Bristol.

30 review for Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children's History of Art

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts)

    Ļoti interesanti un izglītojoši, bet ne garlaicīgi. Šādus stāstus varētu lasīt vēl un vēl.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beth Anne

    We spent a month reading aloud through this history of art. The book is laid out in periods of art, with each featured artist building on the previous one to give a wonderful story arch to the creative process through history. Each artist is spotlighted in a three page story with a single featured piece of their work. The story is usually a snapshot of their life at the moment of creating the art, perhaps with background information, insight into art techniques, and historic and geographic infor We spent a month reading aloud through this history of art. The book is laid out in periods of art, with each featured artist building on the previous one to give a wonderful story arch to the creative process through history. Each artist is spotlighted in a three page story with a single featured piece of their work. The story is usually a snapshot of their life at the moment of creating the art, perhaps with background information, insight into art techniques, and historic and geographic information. We really enjoyed this and highly recommend it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jean-Marie

    We keep borrowing this one from the library when we want to learn more about artists featured in this book. Admittedly, we haven't gotten through the whole book. However, the parts we have read have been excellent. This is a good selection for a children's home library. In fact, I just ordered a copy from Amazon for $20 for our own home library. No more borrowing. We keep borrowing this one from the library when we want to learn more about artists featured in this book. Admittedly, we haven't gotten through the whole book. However, the parts we have read have been excellent. This is a good selection for a children's home library. In fact, I just ordered a copy from Amazon for $20 for our own home library. No more borrowing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jolanta Sondore

    Got inspired while reading this, recommend to artists :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Gracey

    The accounts are fictionalized but the names, dates and places are real. The artworks are real. The art interpretations and commentary create an exciting overarching narrative that covers tens of thousands of years. This book has inspired in me a deeper interest in art history. I also kinda want to move to Paris. Or maybe New York City. Or the next big art hub. These stories brought to life the curiosities, motivations, ideals, etc. of many amazing artists. What will happen next? This book is ca The accounts are fictionalized but the names, dates and places are real. The artworks are real. The art interpretations and commentary create an exciting overarching narrative that covers tens of thousands of years. This book has inspired in me a deeper interest in art history. I also kinda want to move to Paris. Or maybe New York City. Or the next big art hub. These stories brought to life the curiosities, motivations, ideals, etc. of many amazing artists. What will happen next? This book is called a "children's history of art" but I predict more parents than children will enjoy it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    It took me almost a year to find the mood and read this fiction stories about the artists of famous pieces of art. I liked it, but I now understand that I would love real stories better.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    PM read-aloud. This was our main art appreciation for the year. It is quite a gentle introduction to major visual artists and movements from prehistory to the present, with an example artwork alongside three pages of context. The context usually takes the form of fictonalized p.o.v by the artist or an observer or craftsman related to the artist or the work. I would not at all call this an in-depth analysis, but it isn't meant to be. It aims to introduce kids to a sampling of artworks humans have PM read-aloud. This was our main art appreciation for the year. It is quite a gentle introduction to major visual artists and movements from prehistory to the present, with an example artwork alongside three pages of context. The context usually takes the form of fictonalized p.o.v by the artist or an observer or craftsman related to the artist or the work. I would not at all call this an in-depth analysis, but it isn't meant to be. It aims to introduce kids to a sampling of artworks humans have produced over time, and give them an introduction into the ways to view and give meaning to art. This it did admirably. I also enjoy that the images chosen were often not the most famous works by an individual famous artist, sometimes referencing more famous works in the text only; to us this encouraged further curiosity and impulse to go look those up. My primary quibble with the book is the quality of the images reproduced, which often seemed fuzzy, making even photographs appearing 'painterly' to my eye. Oh well. I do think my kids are likely on the older end of the age range for this book, but they still found it interesting enough. I'll be looking for something a little more complex next.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Agris Fakingsons

    ..iespaidīga mākslas grāmata, caur kuru bērns var iepazīt ļoti dažādu mākslu, no dažādiem laikiem. latviešu versijā gan nav minēts, ka tā ir bērnu grāmata, bet ar šo var sākt iepazīt mākslu no sākta gala līdz mūsdienām. grāmata, protams, ir bagātīgi ilustrēta un tas ir grāmatas lielākais plus.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Demeter

    Príjemné letné čítanie o vizuálnych umelcoch, ktorých práce posúvali vnímanie umenia. Nie všetky príbehy o nich sú zaujímavé, no ako celok je to skvelá kniha nielen pre deti, kniha, brána k poznaniu umenia. #trebacitat!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elina

    زیبایی خالص!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Borrowed this from the library but didn’t finish before we have to return it. Tempting to buy this book; it is a really good book and resource!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    Krasne cteni. A to doslova.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Děti, pro které je kniha určena, ale nejsou kunsthistorici, takže věřím, že Van Goghova hvězdná noc splní svůj účel: Vyvolat v nich zájem a nadšení pro dějiny umění. Myslím, že Van Goghova hvězdná noc to dokáže, protože tohle jsou skutečně jiné dějiny umění. Mnohem zábavnější, čtivější a lidštější. A třeba je to natolik chytne, že se s postupem času k těm erudovaným odborným publikacím o umění dostanou. Kdo ví. http://www.suzannesworldofbooks.cz/cl... Děti, pro které je kniha určena, ale nejsou kunsthistorici, takže věřím, že Van Goghova hvězdná noc splní svůj účel: Vyvolat v nich zájem a nadšení pro dějiny umění. Myslím, že Van Goghova hvězdná noc to dokáže, protože tohle jsou skutečně jiné dějiny umění. Mnohem zábavnější, čtivější a lidštější. A třeba je to natolik chytne, že se s postupem času k těm erudovaným odborným publikacím o umění dostanou. Kdo ví. http://www.suzannesworldofbooks.cz/cl...

  14. 5 out of 5

    BiblioKel

    This is such a wonderful book! It's one of those books that should be on every homeschoolers shelf. It teaches the history of art - 40,000 years of it - by focusing on important artists throughtout history and presents them in the form of an informative story. If you want your child to have appreciation of art and famous works, a child that loves art, or a child who wants to learn about the history of art but don't know where to start then this is the perfect book for you! This is such a wonderful book! It's one of those books that should be on every homeschoolers shelf. It teaches the history of art - 40,000 years of it - by focusing on important artists throughtout history and presents them in the form of an informative story. If you want your child to have appreciation of art and famous works, a child that loves art, or a child who wants to learn about the history of art but don't know where to start then this is the perfect book for you!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine Turner

    Juv 709 Bir "An enthralling journey through 40,000 years of art, from prehistoric cave paintings right up to the present day. Discover artists and their art around the world, in exciting and imaginative tales about artists and the way they created their work. Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and illustrated by Kate Evans, the book also features reproductions of the famous artworks discussed, a comprehensive timeline of events, and extra feature spreads on places connected with Juv 709 Bir "An enthralling journey through 40,000 years of art, from prehistoric cave paintings right up to the present day. Discover artists and their art around the world, in exciting and imaginative tales about artists and the way they created their work. Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and illustrated by Kate Evans, the book also features reproductions of the famous artworks discussed, a comprehensive timeline of events, and extra feature spreads on places connected with art. This is a beautiful and engaging introduction to art for any home or school library." Contents: Preface -- Caves to civilizations (40,000- 20 BCE) -- Sacred places (800-1425) -- Great ambitions (1425-1550) -- Life stories (1550-1750) -- Revolution! (1750-1860) -- Seeing it differently (1860-1900) -- War and peace (1900-1950) -- Where it's at (1950-2014) -- Map of the world -- Timeline -- Glossary -- List of artworks -- Index -- Credits -- Acknowledgments. African artists -- Ai Weiwei -- Ancient Chinese artists -- Ancient Egyptian artists -- Ancient Greek artists -- Ancient Roman artists -- Aztec artists -- Basawan and Dharm Das -- Louise Bourgeois -- Georges Braque -- Pieter Bruegel -- Caravaggio -- Paul Cézanne -- Marc Chagall -- Jean-Siméon Chardin -- Frederic Edwin Church -- Camille Claudel -- Gustave Courbet -- Jacques-Louis David -- Donatello -- Marcel Duchamp -- Albrecht Dürer -- El Anatsui -- Jan van Eyk -- Fan Kuan -- Caspar David Friedrich -- Artemisia Gentileschi -- Giotto -- Vincent van Gogh -- Francisco Goya -- Katsushika Hokusai -- Ibn al-Bawwab -- Frida Kahlo -- Vasily Kandinsky -- Khmer artists -- Anselm Kiefer -- Emily Kame Kngwarreye -- Claude Lorrain -- Henri Matisse -- Medieval European artists -- Michelangelo -- Joan Miró -- Claude Monet -- Henry Moore -- Berthe Morisot -- Eadweard Muybridge -- Pablo Picasso -- Jackson Pollock -- Prehistoric artists -- Raphael -- Rembrandt -- Andrei Rublev -- Kurt Schwitters -- Georges Seurat -- Varvara Stepanova -- William Henry Fox Talbot -- Titian -- J.M.W. Turner -- Diego Velázquez -- Johannes Vermeer -- Leonardo da Vinci. Notes Michael Bird is a writer, art historian, and radio broadcaster. His books include100 Ideas that Changed Art (Laurence King, 2012) andThe St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time (2008). He has also published many essays and articles, and lectures widely. He currently holds a Goodison Fellowship at the British Library, where he is researching the oral history of modern British art. Kate Evans graduated from Falmouth College of Arts with a BA Hons Illustration in 2006. She is now a freelance illustrator with clients including HarperCollins, theGuardian, Macmillan Books,National Geographic, Transport for London, andV&A Magazine. She has had exhibitions in Bristol, Bath, London, and Stockholm. Kate lives and works in Bristol.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Love this book... the way it's designed as stories about individual artists, great graphics, a world view... it offers an amazing amount of information and I can guarantee that some of it will stick! Mr. Bird does not talk down to his audience but integrates fairly easy to understand explanations. At the end of the book, the inquisitive reader will find a map of the world, timeline, glossary, list of artworks, and an index as well as credits and acknowledgments. Children's books don't usually of Love this book... the way it's designed as stories about individual artists, great graphics, a world view... it offers an amazing amount of information and I can guarantee that some of it will stick! Mr. Bird does not talk down to his audience but integrates fairly easy to understand explanations. At the end of the book, the inquisitive reader will find a map of the world, timeline, glossary, list of artworks, and an index as well as credits and acknowledgments. Children's books don't usually offer the same quality of resources as this one does. The one and only fault I have to pick with the book (sorry, book) is that it is euro-centric. There is a wide variety of cultures represented but the book is really organized around the western world, especially Europe. Perhaps Mr. Bird's next book will have an even broader outlook.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wojciech Szot

    Odradzam wam nabycie książki “Gwiaździsta noc Vincenta i inne opowieści. Historia sztuki dla dzieci” Michaela Virda z ilustracjami Kate Evans (tłum. Joanna Wajs). Straszna nuda. Doceniam, że jest perspektywa nie tylko europejska, że dużo ładnych rysunków (choć nie żebym jakoś je miał wychwalać), ale sposób podania w jednolitym, potwornie nudnym tekście czyni to dzieło książką dla nikogo. Dla starych jednak to trochę za proste (i nudne), dla młodszych za mało angażujące. Ponieważ to książka z imp Odradzam wam nabycie książki “Gwiaździsta noc Vincenta i inne opowieści. Historia sztuki dla dzieci” Michaela Virda z ilustracjami Kate Evans (tłum. Joanna Wajs). Straszna nuda. Doceniam, że jest perspektywa nie tylko europejska, że dużo ładnych rysunków (choć nie żebym jakoś je miał wychwalać), ale sposób podania w jednolitym, potwornie nudnym tekście czyni to dzieło książką dla nikogo. Dla starych jednak to trochę za proste (i nudne), dla młodszych za mało angażujące. Ponieważ to książka z importu to oczywiście nie ma nic o Polsce (klasyczny problem monografii w stylu “historia sztuki świata” nie tylko w wersji dziecięcej). “Gender balance” próbowano zachować w najnowszych epokach, ale jakoś tak bez przekonania.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    I’m disappointed in this book. I can look past the speculative dating presented as fact, but an art history directed at children that includes grisly details of a number of murders including a description of a victim climbing the steps of an altar to have his heart cut out for a human sacrifice, the “thump” of a head landing in a basket after decapitation, and the imaginative tale of an unaware laborer walking home, then being captured by an army and shot execution style is inappropriate for you I’m disappointed in this book. I can look past the speculative dating presented as fact, but an art history directed at children that includes grisly details of a number of murders including a description of a victim climbing the steps of an altar to have his heart cut out for a human sacrifice, the “thump” of a head landing in a basket after decapitation, and the imaginative tale of an unaware laborer walking home, then being captured by an army and shot execution style is inappropriate for young ones. I would not give this to any person under the age of 12 and possibly older depending on their sensitivity. However, for the proper audience, this book makes a nice introduction to art history.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pınar Tınaztepe Kaya

    Ben, bu kitabın Türkçe'ye çevrilmiş versiyonunu okudum. Orijinal dilinde her ne kadar "Çocuklar İçin Sanat Tarihi" dese de içeriğindeki tüm öyküler, aynı zamanda biz yetişkinlere de hitap etmektedir. 40.000 yıl öncesinden günümüze kadar adeta bir sanat yolculuğuna çıkmakla birlikte, dünya seyahatine de çıkıyorsunuz. Birbirinden farklı yerlerde ve zamanlarda yetişmiş birçok sanatçının yaptığı sanat eserlerinin doğumuna, hayatlarına öykü tadında eşlik ediyorsunuz. Anlatımı çok sürükleyici. Benim g Ben, bu kitabın Türkçe'ye çevrilmiş versiyonunu okudum. Orijinal dilinde her ne kadar "Çocuklar İçin Sanat Tarihi" dese de içeriğindeki tüm öyküler, aynı zamanda biz yetişkinlere de hitap etmektedir. 40.000 yıl öncesinden günümüze kadar adeta bir sanat yolculuğuna çıkmakla birlikte, dünya seyahatine de çıkıyorsunuz. Birbirinden farklı yerlerde ve zamanlarda yetişmiş birçok sanatçının yaptığı sanat eserlerinin doğumuna, hayatlarına öykü tadında eşlik ediyorsunuz. Anlatımı çok sürükleyici. Benim gibi Sanat Tarihi ile ilgileniyorsanız kütüphanenizde bulunması gereken bir kitaptır. Tavsiye ederim.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    So I didn't technically read this one but I listened to some while my husband read it to our son (9 yrs) at bedtime and I asked their opinions. As history buffs, they both really enjoyed it. It has shortish stories covering various artists and artistic periods. It seems like a really great way to approach art history with kids. Sometimes it felt like the stories were too short and cut off in the middle of the action, but I think they're supposed to be little snippets to give a taste of the time So I didn't technically read this one but I listened to some while my husband read it to our son (9 yrs) at bedtime and I asked their opinions. As history buffs, they both really enjoyed it. It has shortish stories covering various artists and artistic periods. It seems like a really great way to approach art history with kids. Sometimes it felt like the stories were too short and cut off in the middle of the action, but I think they're supposed to be little snippets to give a taste of the time period, so I guess I get it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Yay! We finally finished this book together (Sam and I) as part of his homeschool art curriculum! We both enjoyed the format and the way the author presented short stories from a first person perspective as the artists themselves throughout history. It's a great overview of many types of art and how the the times the artists lived in influenced their art. The map and guide in the back of the book are excellent resources for confirming pieces you may have seen in person and/or finding out where t Yay! We finally finished this book together (Sam and I) as part of his homeschool art curriculum! We both enjoyed the format and the way the author presented short stories from a first person perspective as the artists themselves throughout history. It's a great overview of many types of art and how the the times the artists lived in influenced their art. The map and guide in the back of the book are excellent resources for confirming pieces you may have seen in person and/or finding out where they are kept so you can plan an adventure or further study.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Whoa. I loved this book. Art historian Michael Bird, does a great job of humanizing his artists and illustrator Kate Evans makes it appealing to the eye (otherwise, what we’ve got is just a nicely written text book). Each artist is no longer than two pages - short and sweet and if you’re really interested, you’re left googling for more. I think every child’s home library should have this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Ruigrok

    This huge book takes you through the history of art. It is a mix of nonfiction and then fictional stories. It has lovely illustrations and tells about the times and life of each artist. This book would be ideal for a classroom teacher to share with upper elementary students or for a child with a really deep interest in art/art history.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    My son and I read this together. It’s such a beautiful and informative book about art throughout human history. In-depth and well written but not so overwhelming that a child would get bored or confused.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Love this book. The chapters and stories are creative, short, sweet, and bring the artist or artwork to life! My kids have enjoyed these snippets of insight every once in awhile, if they're researching an artist or I'm teaching an art lesson. Love this book. The chapters and stories are creative, short, sweet, and bring the artist or artwork to life! My kids have enjoyed these snippets of insight every once in awhile, if they're researching an artist or I'm teaching an art lesson.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    This is a cool book about art.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karyn

    A lovely narrative introducing children to the great artists. I absolutely loved this book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Züleyha

    Fikri, metinleri ve tasarımı ile şahane bir sanat kitabı. Çocuk ve gençler için başyapıtlara dair kurgu sanat tarihi öyküleri.

  29. 5 out of 5

    maja 🤍

    piękne ilustracje, opowieści przybliżające historie sztuki (ja za dużo nie wiedziałam podchodząc do tej książki) i bardzo polecam

  30. 4 out of 5

    Majkadragneel

    4,5⭐ super určitě pomohlo na přijímačky 😊

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