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Vincent Paints His House
by Tedd Arnold
Tedd Arnold, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 x 8 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823432103 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 3 to 8

Themes: Preschool, Colors, Art & Architecture
Recommendations: ★K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L.K.1, 1b, 1d, 1f, 2, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 5c
RF.K.1-3, 3a, 3c, 4
SL.K.1, 1a, 1b, 2-6
W.K.1, 3, 5-8
RL.K.1-4, 6, 7, 10

About the Book

In this playful picture book homage to artist Vincent van Gogh, a house gets a brilliantly colorful paint job.

Vincent is ready to paint his house. The only problem is choosing the color. He thinks white would be nice . . . until the spider convinces him that red is better. Red looks great, but the bird thinks blue would be best. Vincent likes blue too. "Stop!" says the mouse, because the mouse prefers green. Before long, Vincent has a list of requests: the termite wants orange, the caterpillar loves yellow and the ladybug insists on purple. With a little creativity—and a lot of color—Vincent does a brilliant job!


Read an exclusive Q&A with author, Tedd Arnold!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Describe Vincent. What kind of character is he? (Ex., home owner, painter, agreeable, problem solver, artistic) Show students a picture of Vincent Van Gogh and read a brief biography. Discuss author Tedd Arnold's purpose for writing VINCENT PAINTS HIS HOUSE. RL.K-1.3, 6

2. What is Vincent's problem in the beginning of the story? How does he solve his problem at the end of the story? RL.K-1.3

3. What do all of the characters tell Vincent throughout the story? ("This is my house.") Why do they think Vincent’s house is their house? RL.K-1.2, 4

4. Find all of the color words in the story. What is your favorite color? Find different shades of color in your crayon box. Sort the crayons into categories. RL.K-1.1 / L.K-1.5a / W.K-1.3

Activity Sheets

Lesson Plan with three coloring activity sheets.