The ABC Exhibit

The ABC Exhibit

by Leonard Everett Fisher

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With The ABC Exhibit , Fisher has created a work of deceptive simplicity. His illustrations seem to speak louder than words, turning the alphabet into a child's very own art exhibition. Each painting depicts a recognizable object--``Acrobat,'' ``Balloon,'' ``Cloud''--yet here they become strangely exotic, thus introducing readers to the roles of light, color and perspective in works of art. Though some viewers may find these paintings a bit inaccessible, they might well serve as springboards for the imagination: where are the cars speeding to through the ``Fog''; what lies within the limits of the gray ``Wall''? A delight for children and parents alike, this book (though rather pricey) puts a new look on a familiar genre. All ages. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Bright acrylic paintings framed with narrow black borders fill these pages, with the text limited to a single word to label each selection. Fisher has chosen familiar objects, featuring, for example, a cloud, guitar, kite, target, and the inevitable xylophone . The pictures are ``a themeless exhibit,'' not linked by subject, containing no story, and with no puzzle or hidden meaning to be discovered. They create a virtual gallery show, varied in content and scene but united by the vision and style of an accomplished artist. The intensity of color and precision of detail invite readers to linger, to identify, and to observe. The alphabet is merely the framework; the lesson is in the appreciation of art. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

Product Details

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.35(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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