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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141691532X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416915324
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 4-Collage master Piven returns with another book intended to spark the imagination. He starts by asking readers to find everyday objects that have "faces waiting to be discovered," such as a bathroom sink. (Think of the faucets as eyes, the spout as a nose, and the basin as a mouth.) On the next spread, children are told to look carefully at a seemingly random array of fruits, vegetables, and other foods to see if they can find faces. The following pages reveal what could be perceived as two faces from that mix. After similar exercises using tools from the garage and plant remnants from the garden, the author encourages readers to start gathering their own stuff from which they can create faces. He gives a few more examples, using found items like an old slipper, Scrabble tiles, beads, and broken toy parts. Two pages of tips and the advice to "play, play, play" and have fun follow. The digital photo spreads are captioned with large type and colorful refrigerator magnet letters, which emphasize the lively nature of the book. Although the concept of using found objects to create collage pictures is not new, Piven helps budding artists by focusing on the familiar configuration of a face. Fans of his previous books can look to those for additional ideas. Useful for arts and crafts lessons at school, in the library, or at home.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

An artist with an eye for making facial features from unexpected objects, Piven creates collage art for magazines, picture books, and apps. This simple, well-designed book begins by encouraging viewers to recognize faces in the inanimate world around them (a cup lid, an electrical outlet, a toilet-paper holder). Next lesson: how to look at vegetables, fruits, and tools and see potential eyes, brows, noses, and mouths. The biggest step is to gather “more stuff!” and arrange the objects to become expressive faces. After many pages of examples, such as “a monster face,” “a scared face,” and “a mommy face,” the final spread offers additional bits of advice and encouragement. The faces, one per page, show up vividly against the solid-color backgrounds in this upbeat introduction to hands-on art. Readers looking for further inspiration may want to try Piven’s What Are Presidents Made Of? (2004) and What Are Athletes Made Of? (2006) as well as books on found art, such as Mil Niepold and Jeanyves Verdu’s Oooh! Picasso (2009). Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

The colorful and witty illustrations of Israeli illustrator Hanoch Piven have appeared throughout the last 20 years on both sides of the Atlantic: in most major American magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and in many European publications from The London Times to the Swiss Die WeltWoche.

Piven's award winning book "What Presidents Are Made of" was elected by Time Magazine as one of the 10 Best Children's Books of 2004.
Several illustrations from that book are in the permanent collection of the Prints and Photographs Division of The Library of Congress in Washington DC.
Piven has published 6 other children's books in the USA, the latest being "My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil" (Schwartz and Wade, Random House - 2010) and "Let's Make Faces" (Atheneum - Simon and Schuster - 2013)

In Israel, Piven has gained great visibility due to his long time collaboration with the daily Haaretz and through his TV show on the pre-K channel HOP TV and on the Education Channel.

His method has been implemented educators in Israel as a means to help develop creativity amongst children.

Website: www.pivenworld.com

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Format: Hardcover
This creative picture book not only shows how to fashion expressive faces out of all kinds of materials from vegetables to tools but it invites the reader to assemble some of these household items to create his/her own funny faces.

The vibrant colors used shout out, "LOOK AT ME!". (As they should for a book of this nature.) Once you've viewed the examples of faces the author has created he shows you how to create eyes, noses and mouths from odd stuff. Then that "stuff" is used to create examples of happy, sad, goofy, monster, scared, mommy, daddy, sleepy, and snoring faces. OK, now that you've got the idea it is your turn to make a face or two.

Assemble the materials you can find around the house and begin. Now is this fun or what?

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