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Children's LiteratureOne of the best ways to introduce art to children or really anyone is to find a point of reference to which they can relate. It is also very important to acknowledge that art comes in many forms, from many cultures, and has for thousands of years. This series, "What Makes a Masterpiece," is an excellent example of how to interest young children in the world of art. This volume focuses on the ocean in artwork and includes many different genres, as well as works from diverse cultures and time periods. The ocean is a masterpiece of nature. Man has found many ways to honor the power and the beauty of oceans in artwork. Sometimes, as in Gustave Courbet's painting, the ocean is painted as a seascape. Matisse painted objects from the sea over a grid of blue. Shells often appear in artwork of the sea. Picasso painted two happy women running on the beach. The ocean is often a source of joy and a place of relaxation, as seen in Paul Gauguin's painting of women resting on the beach in Tahiti. It is also a source of fish. The reproductions of the artwork are large and easy to see, making this appropriate for even very young children. 2006, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 5 to 12.