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There Are No Animals in This Book (Only Feelings)

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Masterworks of contemporary art teach kids about feelings and how they can be expressed in art.

The bold work of contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Alex Katz is totally accessible to small children, and in this gorgeous, ground-breaking picture book, these works of art speak to children about emotions.  

Children will recognize love, surprise, hurt, and other powerful feelings in these ...

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Overview

Masterworks of contemporary art teach kids about feelings and how they can be expressed in art.

The bold work of contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Alex Katz is totally accessible to small children, and in this gorgeous, ground-breaking picture book, these works of art speak to children about emotions.  

Children will recognize love, surprise, hurt, and other powerful feelings in these images, which accompany a fun-to-read aloud narrative with a silly twist at the end that is sure to delight younger readers.

Parents can enjoy the art as well as the opportunity to engage their children in a light-hearted discussion of feelings and how they affect us—the beginnings of emotional intelligence.

Learn more at NoAnimalsOnlyFeelings.com. 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
Sanchez uses rhyming verse, reproductions of 16 works of modern art, and a tongue-and-cheek tone to explore what different emotions look and sound like. Despite the title’s insistence, animals pop up from the start. After the narrator says that “this is a book about feelings. (Not animals),” a cow on the following page (represented by a silkscreen from Alex Katz) asks, “Wait, not about animals? Why?” The narrator explains that while “everyone already knows a cow says moo,” feelings have sounds, as well: “Sad says whaaa!/ Happy says yay!/ Angry says grrrr!/ A pony says neigh!” Artwork from Jeff Koons, Nam June Paik, Damien Hirst, and others showcases each emotional state—and occasional animals, whose appearances fluster the narrator (“Look, I’m just going to say goodbye if you animals won’t cut it out”). The artwork selections, set against bright solid backdrops, capture the intensity of each emotion, whether it’s Takashi Murakami’s quintessentially happy Rainbow Flower or an impudent girl painted by Yoshitomo Nara, who demonstrates that “Cranky says no!” Capsule descriptions of the artists’ work appear in an appendix, further boosting the book’s usefulness. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
" Pictures by contemporary artists and a wacky sense of humor make for an amusing read."
-Parents Magazine

"Helping children do the important work of learning to name their feelings, while distracted by awe-inspiring visuals from top-tier contemporary artists including Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Damien Hirst, and more."
-Beata Bliss Lewis, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU
 
“Chani Sanchez has written a beautiful book combining the basic feelings of happy, sad, surprised, angry, and lonely with magical pieces of art to make these feelings come alive. There Are NO Animals in This Book (Only Feelings) is a funny and entertaining way to look at art. Kids will love it and so will parents
-Julie Appel, author of the Touch the Art series

"I can't think of a better idea than matching contemporary artworks with a children's story. Anything that makes children look and think about art as well as encouraging learning must be applauded, especially when it's done in a manner which is both fun and instructive."
—-James Stourton, former Chairman of Sotheby's UK, and author of Great Collectors of Our Time: Art Collecting Since 1945.

"Inventive and fun!"
-Rupert Everett, actor and art collector.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576876442
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 539,669
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chani Sanchez is the founder of the Museum of Amazing Art, which curates contemporary art and culture for children and their families. After the birth of her daughter Nika, and following several years in a career that involved buying and archiving art for an influential art collector, Chani began using fine art to create educational experiences for kids. Her goal has been to help children develop a language for their feelings and emotions. She also guides and supports parents in the raising of emotionally literate children through her private coaching practice. To learn more about her, visit her at www.chanisanchez.com.

Tina Rivers graduated from Harvard University and is completing her doctorate in art history at Columbia University, where she specializes in modern and contemporary art and visual culture. She has taught courses on contemporary art at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art, and also regularly lectures on art to public audiences. Visit her at tinarivers.com.

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Table of Contents

Artists featured in the book include:

Alex Katz
Yin Jun
Takashi Murakami
Judy Fox
Ruud van Empel
Donald Baechler
Liu Ye
Yoshitomo Nara
Tom Friedman
Tom Sachs
Jeff Koons
Damien Hirst
Nam June Paik

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