Summer Must Reads – The Noisy Paint Box

The Noisy Paint Box tells the story of Vasily Kandinsky, The father of abstract painting.   This inspiring and enriching tale was written by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mary Grandpre’.  My 2nd graders love this book.  The text is as vibrant as Kandisky’s art, “The swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a magical symphony.”  “The canary-colored mailbox whistling as he rode to work.”  “The scarlet sunset haze ringing above the ancient Kremlin walls.”

This story allows the reader to paint vivid pictures in the mind.  The words enhance the story and as you talk about what each eloquent description means and in turn enhance the vocabulary of your children.

We always enjoy some abstract painting after reading this lovely book.  I put out several different colors of water based paint and let the kids create.  They become engrossed as they try to capture the ideas now flowing through their own thoughts and imaginations.

Cultivate the mind and heart of a child by reading this classic work about a classic artist.