Faces for Baby: An Art for Baby Book

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Twelve more works by famous artists to explore with your baby.

Faces for Baby, the highly anticipated follow-up to Art for Baby, showcases some of the contemporary art world’s best-known artists. As faces have been scientifically proven to be among the first images a baby can understand, each page features a different face, with the added surprise of the baby’s own face reflected in the mylar mirror on the final page. This multicultural ...

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Overview

Twelve more works by famous artists to explore with your baby.

Faces for Baby, the highly anticipated follow-up to Art for Baby, showcases some of the contemporary art world’s best-known artists. As faces have been scientifically proven to be among the first images a baby can understand, each page features a different face, with the added surprise of the baby’s own face reflected in the mylar mirror on the final page. This multicultural selection of works is sure to appeal to art-lovers and babies alike!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This companion to Art for Baby (2009) retains the oversize format of its predecessor, but puts its emphasis on depictions of faces in modern art. Where that book was built around high-contrast b&w images, Peel now collects 12 wildly divergent faces, from Picasso’s Lastre au Visage Gravé, carved roughly into terracotta, to a dreamy sprite in acrylic from Hideaki Kawashima and a blobby oil portrait of a child from Chuck Close. Although no female artists are included, readers will be left thinking about the different ways faces can be represented, and the mirrored surface in the final page lets them add their own features to the mix. Up to age 3. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
This is a large (9 ? by 9 ? inch) shiny board book with faces in color by contemporary and modern artists. Dr. Miriam Stoppard, an authority on young children, is quoted as saying: "Babies are hardwired to enjoy faces, and looking at them helps their intellectual, emotional, and psychological development." Each page has one face. The last page is a mirror for the child to see her own face. The pink face by Donald Baechler has royal blue target-like eyes, a red triangle nose, red dots on the cheeks, and a red smiling mouth. The hair is a flat yellow. The face is against an apple green background. The face by Pablo Picasso uses gray paint to make target-like eyes, a "v" nose and smiling mouth. This is on gray paper with colored lines. Against a rusty colored background, Paul Klee fills in a round head with geometric shapes to form a face. On each two page spread, my two-year-old preferred the more realistic looking face. Perhaps this is to be used as a diagnostic tool. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5—This follow-up to Art for Baby (Candlewick, 2009) contains 12 works of modern and contemporary art that feature faces. Each one is labeled with a title, artist's name, and date and is set on glossy, white board-book pages. The images incorporate a variety of colors, shapes, and styles. There is the checkered abstract face by Paul Klee, and the colorful doll-like face entitled Coney Island 'II' by Donald Baechler. Yoshitomo Nara created a pale, sleepy face for the piece Well; Julian Opie used inkjet on paper on aluminum to make the shadowy face with bold outlines that appears in Daniel. Peel has included artists from 12 different parts of the world and chosen works that feature males and females, children and adults. The majority of the faces express positive emotions such as happiness or contentment, but images such as Camarade by Zhang Xiaogang and Untitled, from Afromuses (Couple) by Chris Ofili have ambiguous expressions. Children can peer at their own faces in the large circular mirror found at the back of the book. The inside cover of the front page gives one to two sentences about the artists and their work. Use this book with elementary grade children (but cover the word Baby on the cover) along with Arlene Alda's Here a Face, There a Face (Tundra, 2008) for an art class on faces or self-portraits.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
In a follow-up to the high-contrast Art for Baby (2009), this wordless, oversized board book features colorful faces from critically acclaimed visual artists. A quote in the frontmatter from Dr. Miriam Stoppard notes that babies are "hardwired to enjoy faces" and that looking at them helps their development. Art patron Peel has "curated" this portrait gallery by artists with household names, such as Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Jeff Koons, as well as lesser-known talents, such as Chris Ofili and Wang Guangyi. The works range in style from abstract to folk art. Each piece is featured on its own page, and a couple are natural baby-eye magnets. Donald Baechler's Coney Island "II" is a perfect example--a childlike smiley face in primary colors on a green background. Chuck Close's Emma depicts an actual baby face, and his perception-skewing approach may work quite well with newborn eyes learning to focus. Other works are too washed-out or may be missing too many important features in their abstraction to work for little ones, like the nearly noseless works of Hideaki Kawashima and Klee. The large Mylar mirror on the last page is a lovely addition. While an uneven collection, this offering will do well as a gift book for artsy expectant parents. (Board book. 3 mos.-1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763664336
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 580,930
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Yana Peel co-founded the Outset Contemporary Art Fund in 2003 and is a patron of the Asia Art Archive. She lives in Hong Kong, China.

The modern artists whose work appears in the book and the frieze include Josef Albers, Patrick Caulfield, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Kazimir Malevich, Paul Morrison, Takashi Murakami, Julian Opie, Bridget Riley, and David Shrigley.

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