Katie and the British Artists

Katie and the British Artists

by James Mayhew, Mary McQuillan
     
 

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A beautiful new cover and generous new format to celebrate 25 years of making art an adventure!

Katie just can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Perhaps a trip to the gallery with Grandma will help . . . Might hte characters in five famous paintings by world-renowned British artists give her some ideas?

Learn all about these favourite British

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Overview

A beautiful new cover and generous new format to celebrate 25 years of making art an adventure!

Katie just can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Perhaps a trip to the gallery with Grandma will help . . . Might hte characters in five famous paintings by world-renowned British artists give her some ideas?

Learn all about these favourite British artists as Katie explores five fabulous masterpieces:

The Cornfield by Constable
Rain, Steam and Speed by Turner
Whistlejacket by Stubbs
The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly by Gainsborough
The Fighting Temeraire by Turner

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Lovely watercolors. . . . Not only does this delightful fantasy succeed as art education, but it's a charming story as well."  —School Library Journal on Katie Meets the Impressionists

"This delightful romp through the world of art offers children a lighthearted, entertaining introduction to the great masters' works."  —Booklist on Katie and the Sunflowers

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Katie goes to the art museum with her grandmother. Walking to the museum she sees many commuters on their way to work. She wonders what she will be when she grows up. When they arrive at the museum, Grandma is tired and sits down to take a nap. Katie wanders off by herself to look at paintings and ponder what kind of work she will do. Standing in front of John Constable's painting The Cornfield she sees a shepherd and some sheep. Being a shepherd seems like a good job. The little boy in the painting responds to her with an invitation to join him in the painting. She jumps into the painting and begins an adventure that takes both of them on a journey investigating the world of work in four other paintings by nineteenth-century British painters. Finding the narrative in artwork is always a good way to engage a viewer, especially children. The sketchy illustration style, however, is distracting and misses the mark by not focusing on the masterpieces discussed in the story. Reviewer: Kristin Harris

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408331903
Publisher:
Hachette Children's
Publication date:
10/01/2015
Series:
KATIE Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
383,380
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

Meet the Author

James Mayhew trained at Maidstone College of Art and his first children's book, Katie's Picture Show was published in 1989. It's been firmly in print ever since, recognised universally as the original and best introduction to art for children. Many more titles have followed and the series sells in museums and galleries all over the world, from the Met in New York, to the Uffizi in Florence, the Louvre in Paris and beyond.

Described as "an unsung hero of picture books" by the critic Amanda Craig in The Times, James has collaborated with many great writers and artists, including Philippa Pearce, Elisabeth Beresford, Jackie Morris and Joyce Dunbar. In 1994 he received the New York Times book illustration award for The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams.

Alongside his work in publishing, James has collaborated on many ambitious and imaginative projects for children. In particular he has devised and performed in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and live art. From Peter and the Wolf, to Scheherazade, James has worked with many different orchestras and musicians, including the acclaimed Orchestra of the Music Makers from Singapore. He has given performances at many illustrious venues and festivals including The Royal Opera House, The Cheltenham Music Festival and Lichfield Cathedral.

James is in demand internationally as a speaker and educator. He appears regularly at the Hay, Bath, Cheltenham, Saffron Walden and Edinburgh Festivals and has also run workshops and given storytellings at the British Museum, the National Gallery of London and the National Gallery of Scotland. He has taught writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and visits many schools, offering art or writing workshops, and his much-loved upside down illustrated storytellings. He teaches on the UK's first, and highly successful MA in Children's Book Illustration in Cambridge. James lives in Hertfordshire with his family.

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