Caldecott Honor Book, The Noisy Paint Box examines Vasya Kandinsky's life as an abstract artist. This book could easily be used in a classroom, school library, art of music room. It is a diverse biography and one that your students will find fascinating.
From School Library Journal:
A stirring tribute to a prominent pioneer of abstract art, Paintbox follows the life of Russian-born artist Vasya Kandinsky from his childhood to adulthood, conveying the astounding imagery conjured in the painter's (probably genetic) condition, synesthesia, which caused sensory fields to collide in explosions that enabled him, for example, to hear colors. In this delightful homage, Rosenstock's crisp visual language unites with GrandPré's deeply expressive and whimsical paintings to re-create the intriguing world of art as seen through Kandinsky's distinct lens. The book offers diverse potential for different types of study, whether one is reading for information or for pleasure. Outstanding.
I have created 17 Extension Activities to go along with this book.
I Wonder… (Formulating Questions)
Compare and Contrast
Identifying Character Changes
Making Connections Text to Self
Making Connections Text to Text
Making Connections Text to World
All About Vasya (Character Traits)
Noisy Paint Box Activity