I Spy Two Eyes: Numbers in Art

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Overview

"A clever introduction to the world of fine art. Using the traditional 'I spy with my little eye' rhyme, the book asks readers to find the numbered details in each of 20 works of art. From 1 fly in Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family...to 20 angels in Botticelli's 'Mystic Nativity,' Children can study a wide variety of styles, periods, and techniques....This unusual concept book is a nice change for story hour, a good resource for art teachers, and an easy way to bring art and children together."--School Library Journal.

Uses the subjects of well-known paintings to introduce the numbers from one to twenty.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the single fly readers spy on the simple white headdress of a woman in a 15th-century portrait to the 20 angels in Botticelli's Mystic Nativity, they count their way through art history. Ages 5-up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
This book will open youngsters' eyes to an impeccable and exhilarating selection of fine art-paintings only in this book.
Stephanie Zvirin
Employing the same clever contrivance she used in "I Spy: An Alphabet in Art" , Micklethwait combines a favorite children's game with a pleasurable exercise in art appreciation. On each left-hand page of this handsome book, a number appears, written both as a word and in extra large numerals. Along with it is the name of an object--1 fly, 2 eyes, 17 birds, and so on--to be spotted, then counted, in a reproduction of a fine painting found on the opposite page. Micklethwait has taken great care not only to find pictures that will challenge children (it's no snap to find 12 squirrels in Abu'l Hasan's "Squirrels in a Plane Tree" or 15 hands and feet in Fernand Leger's "Divers on a Yellow Background"), but also to represent a wide range of art styles and subjects. Although the pictures are too small to be used in a classroom exercise, they are beautifully reproduced and set against a glossy white background that ensures they'll stand out clearly during lap sharing. Each picture is identified by artist and title as it appears, and sources are appended. A pleasurable way to help young children begin to feel comfortable with fine art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688126421
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.23 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Micklethwait says, "I began to play 'I Spy' with paintings with my own children when they were very young. Over and over again my children pointed out things which I had never noticed before—an apple that had fallen to the floor, a funny-shaped shoe, an expression on a face. Although we were simply 'looking at pictures,' I was well aware that, by making these paintings accessible, I was enabling my children to build up a store of images in their own minds which must inevitably lead to some interest in fine art." Ms. Micklethwait's books for children include I Spy Shapes in Art; I Spy: An Alphabet in Art; I Spy Two Eyes: Numbers in Art.

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