School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-5-- This book attempts to merge two approaches to art appreciation and only partially succeeds with one of them. Most of the book discusses looking at paintings in terms of subject matter, techniques, and design elements. While this shotgun approach dilutes the impact and leads to a very superficial analysis, the examples are diverse and the writing clear and entertaining. The thought-provoking questions posed will lead children to look carefully at the paintings as they consider possible answers. Although scattered and lacking in substance, this portion of the book can serve as an elementary introduction to the technique and design of painting. What don't work are the art activities that have been scattered at random throughout the book with no apparent logic behind which concepts need accompanying activities. The activities themselves are vaguely explained and simplistic. To make them even more intrusive, the illustrations for these projects are mediocre and feature flat-faced, rather ugly children--a real contrast to the masterworks that illustrate the rest of the text. For a more thorough analysis and less distracting introduction to art appreciation you can recommend Just Look: a Book about Paintings (Scribners, 1980; o.p.) by Robert Cumming or either Ernest Goldman's or Ernest Raboff's series on individual paintings and artists. --Eleanor K. MacDonald, Beverly Hills Pub . Lib .
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