Haley Cook


Excellent, Preschool, Primary, Henri Matisse, informational picture book, artist, nonfiction, children, colorful, paintings

Document Type

Book Review


Henri Matisse grew up in northern France where the weather was dreary and the sun was rarely seen, but this didn’t mean that there was no color in Henri’s life. He is surrounded by colorful plates that his mother paints and the pigeons that he takes care of. With the guiding hand of his mother, Henri observes life around him. This inspires his own paintings and leads him to create his own colors by mixing paint to show what he observes and counterbalance the grey city of France. Matisse eventually grows up and continues to create art, with the influence of his childhood and his mother still seen clearly in these pieces.