Monet Paints a Day

About Monet Paints a Day

It is 1885 the famous impressionist painter, Claude Monet, settles in on an isolated beach to begin another day of open-air painting. With single-minded focus, Monet becomes so absorbed in his work, that he doesn’t feel the wind kicking up the sand, he doesn’t see the tide coming closer, and he definitely doesn’t notice the big wave towering over his head.  Until it is too late.

In addition to the lyrical narrative that reveals Monet’s passion and focus, there are also sidebars scattered throughout the text that give the young reader insight into Monet’s life. Back matter includes additional information about impressionism as a whole.


“An engaging and well researched picture book written in the voice of the artist and drawn from the letters of the noted French Impressionist Claude Monet.”  –Kirkus Reviews

“…Danneberg captures this brief moment in the French artist’s life.  Her careful word choices (“swirls,” “shimmers,” “ruffle,” “dab,” “glittering”) mirror Monet’s artistic style, and the images she paints are as lovely as Heimerl’s watercolors.  The impressionistic illustrations illuminate the first-person narrative, re-creating Monet’s day at the beach in a palette of delicate pastels.”  –School Library Journal


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Awards and Honors:

Storytelling World Award honor book

Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended

Colorado Center of the Book Award finalist 2013 – Children’s Book

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