Author of informative and imaginative books for children
My mom was an artist, and I dedicated this book to her memory. She taught me to love art. Mom believed you became a better person when you had the chance to see one of Rembrandt's works. I will never forget her words: "A photo is just an image of what is seen; Rembrandt saw the soul and put that on the canvas. No one is ever going to invent a camera that does that."
Read my book, Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs, follow these links, but I'm telling you, nothing is like seeing a Rembrandt in person. When you go see Rembrandt's work, take a sketch pad. You will see more if you try to sketch what you are looking observing.
Looking for a great book to introduce your young children to the wonders of art? Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs is a continuation of Barron’s Educational Series’ long running tradition of beautiful, informative and entertaining art books. This story invites children into an exploration of art and history by illuminating the work of celebrated master Artist, Rembrandt.
The rich pen-and-watercolor illustrations of this book are punctuated with seven fine art reproductions, including Rembrandt’s renowned etching "The Three Trees,” a humorous etching “Self Portrait in a Cap,” several pen and ink sketches including the powerful “A Lion at Rest,” and master paintings: “The Kitchen Maid” and the iconic portrait of the artist’s son, “Titus at His Desk.”
After curling up for a cozy read with the moppets, go on an adventure and check out local art museums.
Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs (ISBN-13: 978-0764160974) is available for $14.99. More information: www.barronseduc.com
This heartwarming story transports young readers to the city of Amsterdam in the 1650s. It is a time when world-renowned artist Rembrandt van Rijn is at the height of fame among his patrons—and when his young son Titus longs to imitate his father and become a great painter. At first, Rembrandt rebuffs Titus’s attempts at drawing, telling the boy he is too young to learn art. But gradually, the master painter is won over by his son’s enthusiasm and persistence, and he begins to teach a very happy Titus the basic techniques of drawing from life. Here is a warmhearted story for children, with illustrations that capture the atmosphere of seventeenth-century Holland and suggest some of the genius that radiates from Rembrandt’s own magnificent paintings.
Molly Blaisdell is the author of Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs and is a freelance writer who has published many beloved books. She lives with her husband Tim and family in Texas.
Nancy Lane is a freelance illustrator and creator of artwork that ranges from community murals, logos, and courtroom drawings to licensed T-shirt designs, and children’s books. www.nancylanestudio.com/