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Grade 1-5–Raimondo encourages children to look closely at, ask questions about, and thoroughly explore famous works of art. Six surrealists are each represented by one masterpiece (e.g., Salvador Dalí by The Persistence of Memory, Max Ernst by The Couple,and Frida Kahlo by Self-Portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States). Each reproduction is accompanied by a short introduction and questions that require readers to take the time to examine, ponder, and imagine; two or more related hands-on art activities are also presented. In this way, youngsters have the opportunity to interpret a famous work of art in their own manner. One of the strengths of this book is the inclusion of artwork produced by children. Brief biographies of the subjects are appended. Although this offering provides only a very basic introduction to the surrealist movement, it offers a wealth of intriguing and easy-to-do activities.–Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH
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Gr. 4-6. This entry in the new hands-on Art Explorers series is tailor-made for budding artists. The focus is on surrealism, and the volume begins with a note to adults summarizing the movement and one to kids encouraging them "to see the world in a new way." One work from each of six surrealists--Dali, Miro, Magritte, Ernst, Oppenheim, and Kahlo--serves as inspiration. Appearing with it is a series of questions designed to help children think about what the artist has created. The following spreads, which are decorated with thumbnail reproductions of kids' original artwork, invite readers to create their own art. The pictures in the limelight have been carefully chosen to reflect a variety of surrealist elements, and each is a springboard for a different kind of project; kids will work in watercolor, collage, crayon resist, and clay sculpture as they learn about art history and how art enriches and reflects life. For classroom or home use, this is an intelligent approach that is also a riot of color and fun. Stephanie Zvirin
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