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 representations of the sky in many different genres, as well as works from diverse cultures and time periods. The sky is a masterpiece of nature. Man has found many ways to honor the beauty of the sky in artwork. The Bella Coola Indians of Canada made a mask that represented the sky. Many paintings and mosaic patterns represent the sky. Vincent Van Gogh painted many varied and dramatic skies. Some artwork of the sky shows the nighttime sky, while other works focus on the sky during the day. Sometimes the sky is threatening and other times it is very peaceful. A painting and a fresco included in this book demonstrate both concepts. Skies can be filled with figures that represent the constellations or symbols that mean clouds, rain, and lightning. The reproductions of the artwork are large and easy to see, making this appropriate for very young children. 2006, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 5 to 12.