The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse

The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse

Board Book - 2013
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Rather than use the same old colors, a child paints animals and objects in a variety of different hues.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2013, ©2011.
Edition: First board book edition.
ISBN: 9780399164026
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,18 cm


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Sep 12, 2019


VaughanPLKelly Nov 19, 2018

This is my favourite Eric Carle book. I love the illustrations, and how it encourages children to be creative.

Aug 28, 2013

We really enjoyed this little book! My daughter is just starting to learn how to read. This book not only helped reinforce color word recognition but also gave her a huge since of accomplishment. She went right home and "read" it to her daddy.

I LOVE the bright, simple pictures with the amazingly simple predictable text.

Great for new readers!

Melissa from
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SPL_Kids Dec 05, 2012

As the author/illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other titles, Eric Carle is one of the most renowned and beloved creators of children’s picture books. The “artist” in this book, however, isn’t Eric Carle. Instead, it’s a young boy, who is happily painting large pictures of animals such as a blue horse, a pink rabbit, a black polar bear, a green lion, an orange elephant and others. As he paints, he proudly announces “I am an artist!” and at the end of the story, he declares “I am a good artist!”

The simple, brightly-coloured illustrations in this book will hold the attention of young children, and the boy’s confidence in applying unusual colours to his animals - such as a blue horse - will inspire the creativity of other young artists.

In fact, Eric Carle’s picture book is a tribute to artistic creativity and imagination. It’s also a tribute to one artist in particular, the influential Expressionist painter Franz Marc, who died as a soldier during World War I. His paintings were banned in Nazi Germany along with those of various other “modernist” artists. (They were considered to be “degenerate” because they weren’t realistic or traditional.) As a high school student in Stuttgart during the Nazi regime, Eric Carle was secretly shown the artist’s work, which often featured animals painted in bright, unexpected colours – a technique also employed by Carle today in his collage-styled book illustrations. (Franz Marc’s paintings of blue horses are among his best-known creations.)

Art students and adults as well as young children would be interested in this vibrant, new picture book from an artist whose work is always distinct, recognizable and thoroughly enjoyable.

kimrae Mar 13, 2012

Colourful book and great for toddlers. Simple story and young boy has sense of accomplishment. Fun.

McIndoo Jan 16, 2012

Fantastic picture book on colours for toddlers! Large size pictures, vibrant colours and a great sense of positivity! The boy paints a blue horse which gives him a great feeling, so he goes on to also paint a red crocodile, a yellow cow, a pink rabbit and many other colourful animals. In the end he declares himself a "good artist" and he's right!

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Jun 19, 2014

yellow_giraffe_389 thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and under

SPL_Kids Dec 05, 2012

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