Chasing Degas

Chasing Degas

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At the time of the Impressionists, a young ballet dancer races around Paris searching for Monsieur Degas, who accidentally took her bag--and the tutu she needs for the recital in which she is to perform that night. Includes reproductions of paintings by French Impressionist painters, with an author's note.
Published: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009.
ISBN: 9780810938786
Branch Call Number: E MON
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.


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FindingJane Dec 05, 2016

A fictional chase to retrieve a mislaid tutu takes a young ballerina through the City of Lights—and a glorious chase it is! Sepia tones give way to cool blues and warm golds as the little girl talks to the various different artists working on the streets and in the flats of France.

Eva Montanari cleverly maintains the sense of momentum of the young girl even as she pauses to take in the sights of a rainy day, a street of dancers and a young girl slouching in an armchair. The illustrator recreates the Impressionistic style of the various painters who lived and worked in Paris with a faithfulness that doesn’t devolve into mindless copying. After all, we’re merely meant to get an “impression” of the paintings.

For those children (and adults) who are curious about the artists and the works that are shown in this picture book, the artist has helpfully included them in the back of the book. They are lovely little introductions into this fabulous artistic movement that inspired a generation of painters.


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