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**The Yellow House

Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin Side by Side

by Susan Goldman Rubin

illustrated by Jos. A. Smith

Reviewed December 15, 2001.
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers. 
Published in association with The Art Institute of Chicago.  2001.  32 pages. 
Available at Sembach Library (J 759.491 RUB).

Every month, we get more new children’s books, and every month I am amazed afresh at how inviting children’s nonfiction has become.  This picture book is the story of a short period of time when Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin lived together in a yellow house in the south of France.

The story is kept simple, but is full of information.  The illustrations are beautifully done, including side by side reproductions of the artists’ contrasting paintings of the same subjects.  This book might be a friendly way of introducing a child to different painting styles and talking about how different artists used different techniques.

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