The Noisy Paint Box

The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art

By Barb Rosenstock; Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780307978486, 40pp.)

Publication Date: February 11, 2014

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Description
A Caldecott Honor Book
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 GrandPrE 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.
"Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author's note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art.



About the Author
Barb Rosenstock loves inventing stories. Her award-winning picture books include: Fearless, The Littlest Mountain, The Camping Trip that Changed America, Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, The Noisy Paintbox, and The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband, two sons, and two big poodles.

Newbery Medal winner Nancy Willard has written numerous beloved books for children and adults, including poetry, picture books, and novels. She teaches writing and literature at Vassar College.
Mary GrandPre is the acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Plum, by Tony Mitton; The Thread of Life, by Domenico Vittorini; and the bestselling Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling.
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