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I Spy a Lion: Animals in Art Hardcover – October 31, 1994

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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
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (October 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688132308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688132309
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benn Shepherd on July 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is great, Oscar our son loves it. You play I Spy with the animals suggested in famous pictures. Once he knows the pictures by heart we just make up the next I spy object. He is 2 and a half so the age recommendation is a little high, its perfect for younger children to learn about animals. A great and original present form his brandparents.
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By Renée CK on December 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I had to take my son to the urgent care center to have his wrist x-rayed. While waiting for the slides to come back, I picked this book up not expecting much. Once I opened it, I was so impressed with the idea that children get in introduction to art by looking for elements in classic works by artists such as Picasso. My 5 year old son was not overly impressed with it at first but I think my 2 year old daughter is going to LOVE it.

After 2 pages of I Spy With My Little Eye, he began insisting that he find something for me to spy in the picture which was great because HE was scanning the art for an element he liked. What a way to introduce art to youngsters!

This book is a great, fun way to begin a lifetime of art appreciation.
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