K-Gr 3-Another beautiful concept book that highlights works from the museum's collection. With a structure similar to that in Museum 123 (Little, Brown, 2004), a question (e.g., "What shape is the wheel?") faces a full-page art reproduction. On the next spread, details from four more works of art that include the shape face a single example of it on a white background, centered and clearly labeled. The concept is simple; what makes this book so wonderful is the art, which is varied in content, style, medium, culture, and period, and is beautifully reproduced. Young children may be challenged to name the arch or the crescent, for example, and may also have some difficulty finding familiar forms in a few paintings, like the rectangles in Childe Hassam's waving flags in Avenue of the Allies, Great Britain, 1918. Parents will relish the opportunity to look at these wonderful works of art and to discuss not only the shapes, but also the content of the pictures with their children. A title to be shared again and again.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Once again, the collections of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art serve up instantly recognizable images of ten forms, each identified by word, shape and images. Square, circle, rectangle, triangle, oval, arch, crescent, diamond, heart and star-proceeding one might say in order of complexity-are introduced first by a question ("What shape is the wheel?") on a page where patterns of the grey outline of the shape float. Opposite, a full-page image of a work of art displays the shape prominently. On the next spread, the shape is named-CIRCLE-opposite four more pieces of artwork highlighting the circle shape. These are always drawn from many cultures and techniques-in the case of the circle, an American lithograph, an Indian mandala, a Japanese woodblock print, an American quilt and a Sienese altarpiece. Full information about each piece of art is at the back. A marvelous gift for parent and child, promising many hours of visual stimulation and enjoyment. (Picture book. 3-7)