Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture


Three mice visit a museum and learn that sculpture comes in all shapes, sizes, and textures

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Three mice visit a museum and learn that sculpture comes in all shapes, sizes, and textures

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Wallace and Friedlander have created an engaging way to help young children both understand and appreciate sculptural art. Instead of didactic explanations, they have three young mice make their way into a museum after hours. They begin by looking at the wide variety of sculptural forms, including busts, assemblages and totems. But in the end they decide to fully explore the featured exhibit—Barbara Hepworth slate sculpture: 4 Rectangles with Four Oblique Circles. Using this semi-fantasy approach means that the three youngsters can enjoy making discoveries and literally playing with abstract sculpture; the mice go on to creating clay sculptures of their own based on Heppworth's. The final pages of the book summarize different forms of sculpture and suggest ways young readers can explore creating their own abstract paper sculptures. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Three young mice visit a museum displaying Barbara Hepworth's Four Rectangles with Four Oblique Circles, 1966. With hands clasped behind them, they do a walk around the sculpture, observing it closely. They talk about what it is, what it might be, and how it makes them feel. They draw three-dimensional representations on sketchpads, and with colored clay they make rectangles with texture, arranging them into groupings that can be viewed in different ways. As they are making clay circles, approaching footsteps send them scurrying out of the museum. Photographs of actual artwork displayed on crisp white backgrounds are labeled and identified by type of sculpture, contrasting with the characters done simply in collage. Age-appropriate language allows young readers to share the mice's adventure into the world of art. Instructions in the end pages encourage children to create paper sculptures of their own. With its great child appeal and wealth of information, this is a solid choice for most collections.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Three frisky mice, sensibilities honed by an exposure to painting in Look! Look! Look! (2006), give 3-D art a similarly close onceover. The story is centered on an abstract work in slate by Barbara Hepworth in the Yale Center for British Art (where Friedlaender is a curator), but it features sharp color photos of 20 other sculptures from as many eras and cultures. Wallace's clean, spacious paper collages offer a representative museum exhibit that showcases the broad variety of materials and styles sculpture encompasses. Her three small but well-equipped visitors take formalized "museum walks" around the Hepworth and utter cogent observations: "I see spaces between the shapes!" "I see spaces in the shapes!" "I see four smooth, shiny, crescent-moon shapes!" They whip out sketch pads and tiles of modeling clay for some playful experimentation with forms, placement and texture before the book closes with a recap gallery and instructions for creating "paper SHAPE sculptures" with cut-out circles and triangles. A pleasingly high-energy invitation to see, understand and appreciate art… and to make some too. (credits, thumbnail bio of Hepworth) (Informational picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761461326
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,005,572
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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