The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse

Publisher: Puffin

Review

A young child paints a series of animals in unusual colours – a blue horse, a red crocodile, a yellow cow – and proudly declares themselves an artist.

Eric Carle’s first picture book in four years is a bright, colourful celebration of creativity, full of his gorgeous illustrations painted and scratched into to create added texture.

Inspired by his experiences growing up in Nazi Germany and the restrictions of the art of the time, he was lucky enough to have a teacher who secretly showed him the colourful artwork of Franz Marc who created The Blue Rider movement which challenged the idea of what an artist should do.

This book is bound to be a useful and inspirational tool to use in the classroom and at home to encourage young people to draw and paint the world however they see it.

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