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Mermaid and the Parakeet: A Children's Book Inspired by Henri Matisse, Hardback Book

Mermaid and the Parakeet: A Children's Book Inspired by Henri Matisse Hardback

Illustrated by Vanessa Hie


Henri Matisse s massive and joyous cutout work, The Parakeet and the Mermaid, is the basis for this delightful children s book about the unlikely friendship between a mermaid and a parakeet.

Henri Matisse once said, What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter.

It s no wonder his works are loved by children everywhere.

In this charming book, Vanessa Hie and Veronique Massenot create a world based on Matisse s vision, in which a mermaid is thrust out of the sea by a massive storm.

Stranded in a tree, not knowing how she can return to her home without legs, she meets a parakeet who is so moved by her plight he finds a way to help her.

Vanessa Hie s gorgeous, deeply hued illustrations incorporate the shapes and colors found in Matisse s original masterpiece, which is reproduced at the end of the book.

Massenot s simple but profound story of bravery and friendship is a delight to read.

Together, the words and pictures tell a timeless story, while introducing young people to Matisse s artistry.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32 pages, 32 Illustrations, color
  • Publisher: Prestel
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fiction & true stories
  • ISBN: 9783791372655



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