More Than Meets The Eye: Seeing Art With All Five Senses

More Than Meets The Eye: Seeing Art With All Five Senses

by Bob Raczka
     
 

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This book lets you do more than look at beautiful art. It shows you how to feel it, taste it, smell it, hear it, and touch it! Looking at art with the right attitude can let you hear a cannon boom or know what it feels like to stroke an ermine. You can smell a stinky pig or enjoy the tastes of teatime. In another unique tour through the world of art, Bob Raczka shares

Overview

This book lets you do more than look at beautiful art. It shows you how to feel it, taste it, smell it, hear it, and touch it! Looking at art with the right attitude can let you hear a cannon boom or know what it feels like to stroke an ermine. You can smell a stinky pig or enjoy the tastes of teatime. In another unique tour through the world of art, Bob Raczka shares his enthusiasm for his subject with youngsters while introducing them to the work of many of the world's finest artists.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
More Than Meets the Eye: Seeing Art with All Five Senses by Bob Raczka, a companion to his No One Saw: Ordinary Things Through the Eyes of an Artist and Art Is..., asks sensory questions. "Have you ever tasted a painting?" seems a logical question when accompanied by Apples in a Tin Pail (1892) by Levi Wells Prentice. The Banjo Lesson by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1893) illustrates sound and James Wyeth's Portrait of a Pig captures the sense of smell. This lighthearted appreciation of the art world takes readers through the five senses, with reproductions of paintings that may well stimulate them all. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Raczka takes a unique approach to art appreciation—an approach that is sure to capture the imagination of many young readers. He invites children to not just look at art, but to taste, smell, touch and listen to it as well. "Drink some milk," he suggests below Vermeer's "Kitchen Maid," and amazingly, the reader can suddenly just about taste the creamy, cool milk that the woman is pouring from her crockery jar. Through the book we hear cannons boom and fencing foils clash, smell a stinky pig and a baby's sweet breath, and feel fresh tortillas and an ermine's coat. Using works by artists ranging from Leonardo da Vinci and Hans Holbein to Wayne Thiebaud and David Hockney, Raczka presents the world of art as a fascinating, invigorating adventure. In addition to the beauty of the artworks, Raczka's clever rhymes will make this book a read-aloud favorite. At the end of the book, there are short, one-sentence biographies of each featured artist. This is a terrific, highly evocative introduction to great art. 2003, The Millbrook Press, Ages 2 up.
—Barbara Carroll Roberts
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Reproductions of famous paintings-from the art of Georgia O'Keeffe to Paul Klee-combine with simple texts to introduce children to the unique visions of individual artists and encourage them to experience art with all their senses. Read these before a museum visit. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Listen to the cannons boom, pat tortillas, count the pictures, smell the fragrant flowers, and sip a cup of tea. Raczka suggests that art can be experienced, not only visually, but also through sound, smell, touch, and taste as well. Of course he's not encouraging his young readers to actually sniff or touch the paintings, but to be fully engaged by a work of art. Each sense has its own section with a very brief introduction. Using a wide variety of well-chosen paintings, Raczka adds an appropriate phrase to further illustrate his premise. In several cases, he enlarges a detail from the painting to focus on the sense depicted. He labels every painting with its title, artist, date, and the collection in which it's contained and presents a further bit of information about each painter in an illustrated alphabetical listing. This is a work to examine again and again. A delightful, insightful introduction to the world of art. (Nonfiction/picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761319948
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/24/2003
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
770,849
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Bob Raczka studied art at the University of Illinois and is currently a advertising writer. He has written nine art books for children, including No One Saw: Ordinary Things Through the Eyes of an Artist; Art Is�; More Than Meets the Eye: Seeing Art with All Five Senses; Unlikely Pairs: Fun with Famous Works of Art; Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves; and 3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet.

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