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Children's LiteratureSelf-portraits fascinate us all. They are windows into artists' souls, telling more than the most detailed biography could ever reveal about the inner lives of their creators. Bob Raczka has chosen fourteen striking examples from both familiar and obscure artists and written clear, illuminating interpretations of each. Many styles and eras of European and American art are represented, including a careful rendering by thirteen-year-old Albrecht Durer in the fifteenth century and a 1990 photographic pairing by Cindy Sherman (a double portrait, in which the artist reproduces a purported self-portrait by Caravaggio beside her own costumed and made-up imitation). Chuck Close's huge photorealistic self-portrait that dissolves into a thousand tiny abstract paintings contrasts with Norman Rockwell's famous Triple Self-Portrait, which, as Raczka points out, is misnamed, as there are actually eleven self-portraits included in the composition. The reproductions are large and clear, well chosen and varied. Despite the fact that Raczka's language is anything but simplistic, this would be a fine read-aloud book for a group of grade school children, sure to spark intelligent discussion. The photo listing at the end gives the full title of each work reproduced. 2006, Millbrook Press/Lerner, Ages 8 to 12.