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A Child's Book of Art: Discover Great Paintings
     

A Child's Book of Art: Discover Great Paintings

by Lucy Micklethwait
 
Art appreciation for the very young. This beautiful and fascinating book introduces children to some of the world's most famous paintings. Thought-provoking questions and fascinating answers encourage children to look closely at a painting and understand what they see. Each painting is shown in superb full color, with closer looks at telling details shown on the

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Art appreciation for the very young. This beautiful and fascinating book introduces children to some of the world's most famous paintings. Thought-provoking questions and fascinating answers encourage children to look closely at a painting and understand what they see. Each painting is shown in superb full color, with closer looks at telling details shown on the facing page. Simple questions and text make this an ideal introduction to art. Compiled by Lucy Micklethwait, award-winning author of many art books for young readers, including DK's best-selling A Child's Book of Art.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Art books for kids are currently in vogue, which is great, since there can't ever be enough. The only problem with the bounty is making a choice. Micklethwait is responsible for the "I Spy" series and more. If you need a survey book on art for early readers, this one has readable large type and good color reproductions, along with a series of investigative questions keyed to each painting. It also has an eclectic choice of works, from van der Weyden's fifteenth-century "St. George and the Dragon" to David Hockney's twentieth-century "Self-Portrait with Blue Guitar." No two works could be so different, yet so perfectly exemplify each century. In short, Micklethwait considered the implications. Her book is worth consideration, too.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-According to the author, "A painting is like an unsolved mystery," a statement that reflects the thesis and purpose of this inspiring volume. Children are directed to look for clues and answer thought-provoking questions about 13 masterpieces. Works such as Botticelli's Primavera, Bruegel's Hunters in the Snow, van Gogh's The Bedroom at Arles, and Rousseau's Tropical Forest with Monkeys are presented on double-page spreads and introduced with brief annotations. The left-hand page provides close-ups of details from the painting and asks questions related to these images while the right-hand page presents a full-color reproduction along with facts about the artist and answers to many of the questions. For example, for van der Weyden's Saint George and the Dragon, readers are shown a detail of the castle in the background and asked, "Who do you think lives here?" Children will react spontaneously to the color, the action, and the texture of these works of art, and the inquiry method of observation will help them to develop a sensitivity to detail and analysis. Micklethwait's A Child's Book of Art: Great Pictures, First Words (1993) and A Child's Book of Play in Art (1996, both DK) are fine companion volumes.-Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789442833
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
13.30(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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