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To Be an Artist

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Children around the world express themselves through art, be it music, dance, visual arts, or theater. Beautiful photographs and lyrical text highlight the many ways art can bring us together.

A portion of the proceeds help support community-based projects benefiting children around the world.

An introduction to using various art forms to express creativity.

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Overview

Children around the world express themselves through art, be it music, dance, visual arts, or theater. Beautiful photographs and lyrical text highlight the many ways art can bring us together.

A portion of the proceeds help support community-based projects benefiting children around the world.

An introduction to using various art forms to express creativity.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
To Be an Artist by Maya Ajmera and John Ivanko explores what it can mean to be an artist and the ways that children around the globe express themselves through art, including drawing, making music, dancing and acting. Photos of children from dozens of nations accompany the motivational text, which addresses readers directly: "Dressing up, making sandcastles, taking a photograph... these are all ways you can show your creativity." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
There is a wonderful immediacy to this book of photographs. Making art is something children all over the world have in common, the book shows, through picture after picture of children from different countries engaged in creating various kinds of art. Large font banners across the top of each two-page spread announce, "To be an artist means expressing yourself in many ways..." including drawing, music, dance, acting, weaving, sewing, writing and sculpting. The book's other essential message to its young readers is: You can be an artist too, just like any other child on Earth. An encouraging narrative written in the second person runs through each section. For example, "You can dance by yourself, with friends, with a partner or in a group. Moving your body to music allows you to have fun and let your feelings out." Pictures on these pages show kids dancing in the United States, Cuba, Eritrea and Cambodia. The forward by Jacques D'Amboise makes a good read-aloud, leading children to ponder what "wonder" is. He concludes, "Every time you use art to communicate, you become an artist, expressing the wonders of being human." At the back of the book, a map indicates the location of each country featured in the photographs. This book vividly and concretely conveys ideas that may be new for young readers; there is a commonality to human experience; also, the desire and ability to create art is a big part of what humans—specifically children—share. 2004, Charlesbridge, Ages 3 to 9.
—J. H. Diehl
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Like the authors' Back to School (2001) and To Be a Kid (1999, both Charlesbridge), this title is part of the SHAKTI for Children project, a nonprofit group dedicated to "teaching children to value diversity and to grow into productive, caring citizens of the world." Eye-catching spreads feature vivid photographs of youngsters from many different countries engaged in a variety of art forms, including dancing, singing, writing, and painting. The bold text introduces each discipline and is supported with more extensive descriptions of the individual endeavors and the nature of artistic expression in general. Bright, colorful backgrounds highlight the assortment of photos, and the open layout helps to pull the information together. This vibrant book pulsates with the energy and sense of accomplishment that accompanies participation in the arts. Within its pages, readers will find the inspiration to create, as well as the stimulation that comes from seeing reflections of the lives and creative works of other youngsters.-Tracy Karbel, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570915765
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 971,937
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.17 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Ajmera is the founder of The Global Fund for Children. She is the co-author of several Global Fund for Children books, including FAITH, GLOBAL BABIES, CHILDREN OF THE U.S.A., and CHILDREN FROM AUSTRALIA TO ZIMBABWE. John D. Ivanko is an award-winning photographer and author, writer, national speaker, and conservationist.

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