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Children's LiteratureAs children are being introduced to art, it is important to make note that artistic expression comes in many forms from many different materials. It is also important to convey that this is an activity that human beings have chosen to do for millennia. Photographs of twenty-six pieces of art are accompanied by text that describes a quality of the artwork. A Calder mobile is art that moves. A Bearden collage is art that is pasted. A Jackson Pollack painting is art that is drizzled. The collection includes, among other things, a suite of armor, a musical instrument, a quilt, a rug and a lamp. The artwork ranges in period from 15,000 B.C. to modern day. The oldest artwork is a cave painting from France. Christo, Jeanne-Clause de Guillebon, Sam Gilliam, Jasper Johns, Robert Indiana and George Segal represent contemporary artists. Notes at the end of the book include a small thumbnail photo of the artwork with more information about the artist and the work illustrated. In a book that has obviously made an effort to be inclusive of a wide range of work, it is a major oversight not to include more examples of non-Western art. 2003, The Millbook Press, Ages 4 to 12.
— Kristin Harris