K-Gr 4-First published in Italy, this book intends to introduce youngsters to a handful of art terms: expressionism, cubism, futurism, abstractionism, and dadaism. Master Elephant defines each one in one or two brief sentences as, in turn, a lion, rhino, gazelle, giraffe, and monkey in a school in "the grassy fields of Africa" paints a picture of a crocodile that lives in the river below. At the end of the lesson, Crocodile comes out of the water and looks at the other animals as they watch him, and he uses some of the techniques to paint a picture of them. Here readers get the chance to see if they understand the terms that were previously introduced. The one- and two-page full-color illustrations are folklike and artsy; some of them extend the text, but others confuse it. For example, when "futurism" is defined, Little Gazelle "-uses short brushstrokes to show the Crocodile running off the canvas onto the wall." This depicts "how the Crocodile moves-. [and has] shown the past, the present, and the future, all at the same time." In the illustration, the crocodile's head is off the canvas, across the wall and over an open window, which is not possible unless the art were made of collage. This book is a bit abstract for most audiences.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.