Katie and the British Artists

Katie and the British Artists

by James Mayhew
     
 

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Katie just can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Perhaps a trip to the gallery to see five famous paintings by world-renowned British artists might give her some ideas. And can she help the shepherd boy from Constable's The Cornfield round up all those pesky sheep? For almost two decades, the Katie series has been bringing art to life for

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Katie just can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Perhaps a trip to the gallery to see five famous paintings by world-renowned British artists might give her some ideas. And can she help the shepherd boy from Constable's The Cornfield round up all those pesky sheep? For almost two decades, the Katie series has been bringing art to life for young children.

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"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:
9781846167379
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Katie Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

James Mayhew is a children's author and illustrator whose books include Can You See a Little Bear, Katie and the Sunflowers, Katie Meets the Impressionists, The Knight Who Took All Day, and Who Wants a Dragon? In 1994 he received the New York Times Award for one of the 10 best illustrated books of the year for The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams.

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