Elisabeth and the Box of Colours

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Pub Date 03 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 08 Nov 2021

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Description

Elisabeth loves to paint, just like her papa. She spends hours making her own pictures of everything she sees - and the more colourful, the better!

But when she goes away to school, she finds herself in a world of grey: grey buildings, grey uniforms, grey rooms. She misses Papa and all the colours of home. And one winter morning, she gets some terrible news that makes her days darker than ever before. Will Elisabeth be able to find the colour and joy in her life again?

A touching tale about friendship, family and finding joy in the darkest of times. Inspired by the childhood of French portrait artist Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun.

Barrington Stoke's Little Gems are short, fully-illustrated first chapter books aimed at ages 4-8. Featuring big name author and illustrator pairings, they are perfect both for sharing or reading alone. 

Elisabeth loves to paint, just like her papa. She spends hours making her own pictures of everything she sees - and the more colourful, the better!

But when she goes away to school, she finds...


A Note From the Publisher

Barrington Stoke publishes top-quality short novels by the UK's best writers. Our books are hi-lo (high interest, low ability), meaning the content is appropriate to the age of the reader but the text is edited to suit a lower reading age. This ensures that our books are accessible to all - as a quick engaging win for confident readers and a satisfying achievement for those who have to work harder.

Barrington Stoke publishes top-quality short novels by the UK's best writers. Our books are hi-lo (high interest, low ability), meaning the content is appropriate to the age of the reader but the...


Advance Praise

Praise for Katherine Woodfine's previous Little Gems:

“Simple and heart-warming, with beautiful illustrations” -- The Scotsman

“Reads like a wonderful fairy tale” -- LoveReading4Kids

“Both entertaining and empowering” -- The Letterpress Project

Praise for Katherine Woodfine's previous Little Gems:

“Simple and heart-warming, with beautiful illustrations” -- The Scotsman

“Reads like a wonderful fairy tale” -- LoveReading4Kids

“Both entertaining...


Marketing Plan

- Bespoke press mailing planned ahead of release

- Exclusive launch event

- Fun tie-in resources to be made available

- Bespoke press mailing planned ahead of release

- Exclusive launch event

- Fun tie-in resources to be made available


Available Editions

EDITION Paperback
ISBN 9781800900868
PRICE £6.99 (GBP)

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Featured Reviews

My daughter read this short book in one sitting! She really likes the Little Gems books so was happy when I was accepted. She loved the illustrations as they gain more colour as the story goes on. The story follows the life of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, who was born in 1755, and grew up to be a world famous artist. She really loved this book. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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Elisabeth and the Box of Colours is about a young girl called Elisabeth who loves art just like her dad. When she is sent to boarding school, her box of coloured crayons is taken from her but she continues to draw for all her friends. When she gets some bad news, her crayons are mysteriously returned and she gets so much comfort from them. This is a gorgeous book with stunning, almost magical illustrations from Rebecca Cobb. Young readers of 6 or 7 upwards will be able to read it on their own but it is short enough to read as a bedtime story and engage preschool children. This is based on the life of French portrait artist Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun and teaches children about following their passions and resilience.

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This easily accessible short chapter book for young children is wonderful on so many levels. It is based on the life of the famous French portrait artist- Elisabeth Vigée le Brun and introduces children to this artist beautifully. The illustrations are utterly enchanting and the contrast between the bright colours and then the grey pages to show when Elisabeth is facing difficult emotions is perfect. The story covers separation and grief in a gentle, sensitive way and would be perfect for anyone wanting or needing books around these issues. As an educationalist I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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