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Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors (Smart About Art) Paperback – March 18, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Series: Smart About Art
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (March 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044842519X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448425191
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Smart About Art series continues with Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Jessie Hartland. Presented and organized in the style of a grade-school report (and written from the perspective of the fictitious "Keesie Johnson"), the latest installment covers the Fauve movement and Matisse's shift from painting to cut-paper collage.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-A creative way to instill an appreciation of art in children. The text begins with a "hand-printed" letter on lined paper from the teacher, Ms. Brandt, posing three questions to her students for their reports about a famous artist. The rest of the book is related as Keesia Johnson's report. Hartland's color illustrations are captioned with dialogue or other text; examples of Matisse's art are dispersed throughout; and there are photos of the artist and his mother; of the child who "wrote" the report and her sister; of Matisse in his 70s, making paper cutouts; and of stained-glass windows in a church that he designed. A brief biographical sketch is included, and children are also told about Matisse's changes in style, use of bright colors, and skill in various mediums. The last page contains the teacher's "hand-printed" note to Keesia after reading her work. This book could be used in conjunction with Mike Venezia's Henri Matisse (Children's, 1997), Nelly Munthe's Meet Matisse (Little, Brown, 1983; o.p.), and Ernest Lloyd Raboff's Henri Matisse (Lippincott, 1988; o.p.) to introduce the life and works of this renowned French artist.
Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Jane O'Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, and the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan. Fancy Nancy was nominated for the Quill Award for Best Picture Book in 2007. The Emperor's Silent Army: Terra Cotta Warriors of Ancient China won Booklist's Best Nonfiction Book for Young Readers in 2000. Jane has two grown sons. She was born, bred and still lives in New York City with her husband and their canine companion, Arrow.

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Great for teaching biography or art units in 3rd grade.
Deborah Whittaker
Beautiful illustrations and a down-to-earth writing style make this book a fabulous purchase.
Heather A. Martyak
This is a great, creative series about the lives and works of great artists.
BJE

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Blue on December 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
An amusing introduction to the artist Matisse that I highly recommend. Written as though it's an 8-yr-old's school report, it is accessible and very informative. It includes reproductions of Matisse art and biographical information. Loved it. And it was useful as a teaching tool.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keely on July 29, 2011
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I loved this story! It does have a couple pages of nude-type art. I had to skip those pages in my middle school art class. But I will keep it forever and read the whole thing to my own children one day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. H. on January 30, 2013
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Great book about Henri Matisse. Perfect for my elementary art classroom. Students can read to themselves when they finish early and can learn much from reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on December 15, 2011
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This is a biography done in the style of a book report, with illustrations and examples and photographs scrapbooked in.

We tried creating art in a similar style: colorful, repeated shapes, abstract forms. Very nice book for getting children interested.

Also try "Printing" by Michelle Powell Printing (Step-by-Step Children's Crafts) for other great ideas and some Matisse-style projects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BJE on February 17, 2013
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This is a great, creative series about the lives and works of great artists. My favorites in the series are this book (Matisse); Van Gogh sunflowers and swirly stars; and Degas paintings that dance. My 3rd grader enjoys the series too and has tried out some of the styles mentioned in the books. Wonderful series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather A. Martyak on April 23, 2012
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This book is beautiful, and full of wonderful descriptive imagery for discussing art with children. A wonderful book for introducing children to the art world and famous master artists. Beautiful illustrations and a down-to-earth writing style make this book a fabulous purchase. My my 5 month old daughter loves the pictures!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Leseberg on January 6, 2009
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This is such a wonderfull little book! I highly reccomend it for your kids, and art class, or just yourself! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan M Volpi on February 16, 2014
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has dad some art classes where they look at artists work and then emulate one of their own paintings.
some unique ideas. good for rainy day.
lets you know more about artist from child to old age.
Full of information and styles of paintings
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