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Children's LiteratureThirteen paintings from the National Gallery of Art are presented here in reproductions large enough for group viewing and clear enough to show appealing details. A wide variety of artists, from Andre Derain to Goya and Renoir, have been chosen with a thumbnail introduction to each artist included at the book's end. Unfortunately, the poetry is uneven and less appealing than the art, although the format, fonts and colorful presentation somewhat compensate for the verse. In one of the better pairings of verse and art, Mark Rothko's "Untitled" painting in red is shown with a poem describing the layers from "rosy red that starts at the bottom" like a softened breeze to the dark red at the top, "a wild, furious gust that makes kites somersault." Rowden's book will be accessible to a younger audience than similar books such as Talking to the Sun, Heart to Heart and Celebrate America in Poetry and Art. While some of the poetry and the large format will draw children to this book as a read-aloud, other poems are difficult to read aloud. A wise teacher or parent might just show the pictures and have children create their own stories. 2005, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 8 to 12.