Children's LiteratureOne of the best ways to introduce art to children (or really anyone) is to find a point of reference to which they can relate. It is also very important to acknowledge that art comes in many forms, from many cultures and has for thousands of years. This series, "What Makes A Masterpiece," is an excellent example of how to interest young children in the world of art. This volume focuses on clothing and includes many different genres of art as well as works from diverse cultures and time periods. The Spanish artist Goya painted a portrait of a Spanish woman wearing a very fancy white dress and a red ribbon in her hair. Her little dog also has a red ribbon on its leg. A century later French painter Renoir painted a portrait of two young girls wearing very dark dresses and hats. A medieval book included a figure in a checkered garment. Henry VII wore a very elaborate costume in his portrait while a Chinese man's costume is very simple and painted with simple pen and ink. Other images depict the elaborate clothing of a 17th century Japanese woman and a 18th century Russian child. A figurine from 4000 years ago in Iran wears a dress of strips of wool. The reproductions of the artwork are large and easy to see, making this book appropriate for even very young children. 2006, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 2 to 8.