Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Katie and the Sunflowers by James Mayhew

A rainy day drives a grandmother and her granddaughter into an art museum, where Katie embarks on an adventure started by her spotting some good seeds in the painting, Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. Katie is unable to stem her desire for the seeds but when she reaches for the seeds the entire vase falls over, as she picks up the tipped over vase she hears giggling from another picture by Paul Gauguin and she enters that picture to dance with them. One thing leads to another and she ends up sprinting through the museum trying to fix the messes she has made in the pictures. Finally, she corrects her mistakes and finds her grandmother. Luckily, clutched in her hand are the precious sunflower seeds she originally sought. A charming walk through the masters introduces art to children in a way that is vibrant and real. No longer will a trip to the museum be quite the same because who knows what adventures might be found within the frames.

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