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Children's LiteratureThis admirable book's weakness is that it lives up to its series title, "Artists in Their Time." Each double-page spread serves as a chapter, with text, sidebar and timeline, photographs, quote, and reproductions of paintings by Hopper and artists of various periods. This layout provides opportunity for a great deal of information that may overload many readers. "The New Deal," for example, focuses on Wall Street, President Roosevelt, and Jackson Pollock; the only information about Hopper, who thrived during the Depression, is a list of his paintings that sold in 1929 to1930, with prices they brought. "The Restaurant Theme," includes a Hemingway photograph and information comparing Ernest Hemingway's writing to Hopper's artistic style. Few middle grade readers have the background to independently synthesize so much loosely connected information. Useful timelines found at the bottom of pages include both world events and events important to Hopper's life. A glossary, index, and list of museums that feature Hopper's work are in the back. This book would be a valuable companion to Raintree's superior Hopper biography. 2003, Franklin Watts/Scholastic, Ages 10 to 12.
— Mary Bowman-Kruhm