by Barb Rosenstock, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)

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 GrandPré 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.

A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book

The Noisy Paint Box: Kandinsky's Abstract Art

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  • 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. ISBN-13: 9780307978486 Publisher: Random House Children's Books Publication date: 2/11/2014 Pages: 40 Age range: 4 - 8 Years - Juvenile Nonfiction | Art - Biography & Autobiography | Historical - Kandinsky, Wassily -Artists - Russia (Federation)

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