From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Micklethwait has found a successful formula for talking about art with children; her game of observation works as well in this "I Spy" book as in the first two. The challenge here is to find the animal in each of 20 famous paintings, which are beautifully reproduced in full color on glossy white pages. Some creatures are clearly visible, while others-such as the embroidered snake on the sleeve of Queen Elizabeth I's gown and the baby monkey in an Indian miniature-provide a challenge. The pictures are randomly arranged-a Titian appears before a Fernand Leger, a Peter Blume before a Lucas Cranach. The juxtapositions are startling as the pages are turned, but each work is interesting and begs to be lingered over and discussed. This title can be enjoyed by adults as well as by youngsters.Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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Gr. 2-4. The latest in Micklethwait's I Spy series challenges children once again to look closely at art and to remember that pictures have content. The subject here is animals, with the text ("I spy with my little eye . . .") incorporating the name of an animal that appears in a large, glossy reproduction of a painting. Finding the animal requires children to look carefully: it will take some time to locate the tiny mouse hidden in Jan van Os' painting of flowers or the snake embroidered on Queen Elizabeth's sleeve in Isaac Oliver's Rainbow Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
. Ranging from medieval to modern, the art includes non-Western and nonrepresentational work, and the pictures all have more than one interesting story, giving the book a staying power past the first reading. Mary Harris Veeder