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Nina's Book of Little Things

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by Keith Haring
     
 

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A book of imagination for the little Nina in all of us.

Make a little mess, collect some little snowflakes, and draw the things a little bird might say in this book that asks its owner to make his or her mark on every page. Keith Haring presented Nina’s Book of Little Things to a friend’s daughter on her seventh birthday. Now everybody

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A book of imagination for the little Nina in all of us.

Make a little mess, collect some little snowflakes, and draw the things a little bird might say in this book that asks its owner to make his or her mark on every page. Keith Haring presented Nina’s Book of Little Things to a friend’s daughter on her seventh birthday. Now everybody can enjoy this classic book, back in print in a stylish new edition, featuring a back-page pocket for extra items and a band to keep everything safely stowed.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Greene
Have you ever wanted to collaborate with a famous artist? With this book, you can! Pop artist Keith Haring originally created this activity and scrapbook for his young friend Nina Clemente on her seventh birthday. With this publication all children are invited to join in the fun. Each page urges the owner to draw, write, collect and paste "little" things according to that page's instructions. For example, one page calls for little things from outer space, while another asks for little things to keep inside a big blue purse, while another instructs that it be filled with things cut from magazines. Some of the pages are perfect scrapbook starters, like a page for pictures of friends and a page for accomplishments. Others are unique in the way they encourage thinking, like pasting a sticker and then making your own drawing of that same sticker. Others jumpstart creativity, like the page asking to finish Harring's painted "mess" and then make a story out of it. Harring's drawings and signature style pepper the pages, making it a fun, colorful, interactive way to learn about the artist. While some of the pages are obviously specific to the original owner and unrealistic for all children to complete (for example, the pages calling for things found in Italy, things from a circus, and things found in New York), children can easily imagine and draw items instead. Likewise, children must ignore the references to "Nina," as it is slightly unsettling to be marking up someone else's personal book. However, the book makes a perfect gift for art lovers and for creative children six and up. Reviewer: Jennifer Greene
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In July 1988, pop artist Haring (1958-1990) created an empty scrapbook for Nina Clemente, a friend's daughter, on the occasion of her seventh birthday. He intended Nina to build a miscellany of "little things" like lists, doodles and stickers. This facsimile extends the invitation to the artist's fans. Professionally bound like any coffee-table edition, this volume still carries a trace of its homemade aesthetic and its speedy, but affectionate, creation. Haring's playful comments are hand-printed in black or silver marker, and his signature icons of round-headed people and pointy-eared dogs dance on the margins of the matte white pages. Each spread comes with whimsical instructions. Spaces are reserved for "things I saw at the circus" and "little songs I learned." One page pictures a red umbrella and reads, adamantly, "Only use this page when it is raining! Drizzling and snow don't count! Rain only!" Haring titles another, covered with sloppy blotches of green, red and orange paint, "The little mess page. I made a mess. You finnish it. Try to turn my little mess into a story." His conspicuous misspelling just adds to the casual tone, and his witty assignment encourages genuine creativity. This album, worlds away from a standard coloring book or photo folio, might look too tidy to stuff full of cutouts and dried flowers. Yet it is an appealing repository for personal history--and a chance to "collaborate" with the enthusiastic artist. Simply cross out the Ninas and get to work. All ages. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763668938
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
814,253
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Keith Haring (1958–1990) grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to New York in 1978 to enroll in the School of Visual Arts. Over the following decade, he made some of the most widely recognized artwork of the twentieth century.

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This book is not really a book. It is a sketchbook with fun instructions by Keith Haring. Every child will have fun with this. My daughter loved it, and it is a great keepsake.