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  Promenade des Anglais – This is promendade is the French version of Santa Monica Beach, a wide sidewalk along the beach. It's great for a long walk, plenty of other families, kids biking or flying kites, cafes and restaurants.
  Parc Des Miniatures – To find out about the history of the Cote d'Azur, go to the Parc Des Miniatures where you can see hundreds of model buildings 3-6 feet high. Also, take a look at the Musee Des Train Miniatures, an extensive model train layout.
    Parc du Chateau (Chateau Park) – Parc du Chateau is a wonderful big park, with sparkling views of the city, a waterfall, cafe and a sizable playground.
    Matisse Musem and Cimiez Park (Parc de Cimiez) – Matisse lived in Nice for nearly 40 years and the museum has stuff that was part of his own personal collection. After you've been to the museum, run around in the Cimiez park, a lovely spot with stone walls and shade from lots of old olive trees.
    Matisse Chapel (Vence) – It's well worth a visit the Chapel of the Rosary (Chapelle du Rosaire) in Vence (about 30 miles from Nice). The spare white chapel is glows with iridescent blue, green, yellow stained glass windows – Matisse said that this was his masterpiece.
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Henri Matisse: Drawing With Scissors
Jane O'Connor, Jessie Hartland

Colorful mini-biography of Henri Matisse – for over sixty years, he not only painted, but he made sculptures, his famous cut-outs, costumes and stained glass windows. Charming collage style illustrations. (Picture book)

 

     

The Birds of Iridescence
Patricia MacLachlan, Hadley Hooper

Matisse grew up in a northern French town in gray skies. Is it a surprise that when Matisse grew up, he painted "red rooms, and flowers that danced on green stems." Original gorgeous illustrations, Matisse would be delighted. (Picture book)

 

 
     
 
Matisse's Garden
Samantha Friedman, Cristina Amodeo

It all started when Matisse cut a white bird out of a piece of paper, then he added more birds, and a blue sky and sea background. Two page fold-outs and fabulous cut-paper illustrations, kids will want to immediately get out scissors, and start creating their own garden! (Picture book)

 

     

Pop-up biography of Henri Matisse, from "the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was life," to his paintings of pink oceans, yellow houses, and in later years, giant paper cutouts and stained glass windows. (Activity book)

 

 
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Matisse The King of Color artist nice france kids books  
Matisse The King of Color
Laurence Anholt

Most of all, the painter Matisse loved color, and one of his most famous projects is the stained glass in the chapel at Vence. This is the charming story of the young woman who inspired Matisse to build a "house of color." (Picture book)

 

And read our blog post: "Matisse in Bloom"
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