Author(s): Laurence Anholt
The twins Meret and Bella love their grandfather, Papa Chagall, and he loves telling them stories. One day, when they visit him in his studio, he tells them about his life - through four different stories, all told during a day they spend together.
The first story is about Chagall's childhood, and how his paintings of purple cows and flying people made his mother smile. She took him to see the teacher at the Art College, who was so amazed by the boy's work he offered him a free place at the college.
The second story tells how Chagall met the twins' grandmother, Bella, how they fell in love and went to live in Paris, and had a baby - the twins' mother, Ida.
Then comes the sad story of how the Nazis hated the Jews and mocked the paintings of Jewish artists. But Ida persuaded her father and mother to emigrate to America, taking Chagall's paintings with them.
The family were not happy in America, but in the fourth and last story Chagall tells the twins that at last people started to appreciate his art and he became a famous artist - and was able to paint happy paintings again.
"As with the previous titles in the series, the artist's life is told in simple narrative and charming Anholt illustrations." Books for Keeps 'The story is told well and the illustrations are charming.' Carousel 'Books that straddle fact and fiction are not the easiest to make work. Laurence Anholt's experience and the confidence of the whole series give these latest books an assuredness and authoritative feel.' Chicken Magazine 'has a breezy charm of which Chagall himself might have approved... Chagall's paintings are dashingly represented and children will enjoy his weightless flying figures and their fantastical freedoms.' -- Kate Kellaway Observer 'For more than 20 years the Anholt's Artists series has been one of the best loved introductions to art for young people... and please don't miss Laurence Anholt's latest masterpiece.' Guardian Kids on Line 'beautiful ... The tenth in a series of true stories about great artists ... exploding with colour, what it encapsulates is so wonderful about Chagall ... Highly recommended. I can think of no better way to introduce artistry to small children.' Daily Telegraph "Laurence Anholt's style suits Chagall perfectly and the story will enchant young art lovers." Angels & Urchins
LAURENCE ANHOLT has created over 200 books for children, published in over 30 languages. His Anholt's Artists series includes Camille and the Sunflowers, Degas and the Little Dancer, Leonard and the Flying Boy, Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail, The Magical Garden of Claude Monet, Matisse, King of Colour and Cezanne and the Apple Boy. He has collaborated on numerous picture books with his wife, artist Catherine Anholt, including the Chimp and Zee series, also published by Frances Lincoln. Laurence has won numerous awards, including the Nestle Smarties Gold Award on two occasions. He lives in Devon.