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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 festivals and includes many different genres of art as well as works from diverse cultures and time periods. There are depictions of festivals in a park from the 1400's as well as the 20th century. A print by Japanese artist Hiroshige features a celebration at night with fireworks while a watercolor by George Catlin shows a Native American corn dance. The court jesters from medieval Germany communicate a sense of whimsy. Some festivals involve music, as seen in a painting of jazz musicians by Ben Shahn or singing boys in a Renaissance sculpture. The reproductions of the artwork are large and easy to see, making this appropriate for even very young children. 2006, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 2 to 8.