Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew #23

Mayhew, J. (1997). Katie meets the Impressionists. New York: Orchard Books.

Book Type/Pages:


Grade Level:

Pre-Kindergarten through third grades

Curriculum Links:


Author Credibility:

The author has written many children’s books, as well as illustrated for many others. In the author’s acknowledgments, he lists the paintings featured in the book and their current location.


I could not locate any awards for this book.

Book Summary:

This book is about a girl names Katie that visits an art museum with her grandmother. She looks at different art works by the Impressionists and climbs into the paintings. When she climbs into the paintings she visits the people and places in them and has adventures.

National/State Standards:

National Art Education Standards:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures


The illustrations in this book are done in watercolors. James Mayhew created the illustrations as well as wrote the text for this book. The illustrations resemble the Impressionists’ style of the artwork in the museum. Each page has a large, unframed illustration with the text underneath.

Access Features:

Important access features in this book include information about the Impressionists featured in the book and author acknowledgments.

Writing Style:

The writing style is conversational in tone. The text is intended for younger audiences and is simple to read and understand.

Use in My Classroom:

I would use this book as a part of an art study of the Impressionists.

My Response to the Book:

I liked this book! I thought that it was easy to read and would be enjoyed by struggling readers, as well as higher readers. It could also be used as a read aloud. The way the story is written, with a fictional character learning about real pieces of art. Some of the other art books that I have read have not been as easy to read or understand.

Related Texts:

Other art books by James Mayhew:

Katie and the Bathers
Katie and the Spanish Princess
Katie’s Picture Show
Katie and the Mona Lisa
Katie and the Sunflowers
Katie’s Sunday Afternoon

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