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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • School & Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761452826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761452829
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–This adorable and informative look at a mouse family that borrows a postcard depicting a famous painting is a winning choice. The mice carefully study the portrait, examining each part and analyzing what they see–patterns, colors, lines, shapes, etc. They not only enjoy and appreciate what they learn, but they also individually and collectively decide that they can compose their very own pictures as they now know so much about these artistic elements. This delightful lesson comes to a rather abrupt finale when the humans return home. Wallace and Friedlaender have assembled a charming foray into the world of art, complete with a helpful glossary and lessons on how to make a self-portrait. This is not only an amusing, creative story, but also an adventure into art that encourages originality while inspiring creativity. Great for libraries and elementary art instructors.–Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
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K-Gr. 3. Of the growing number of picture books that attempt to instill art appreciation in a young audience, this title stands out for its charm, usefulness, and age appropriateness. Three mice find a postcard with a painting of a bejeweled lady on the front (a reproduction of Portrait of a Woman, by Robert Peake). As they look, they begin to see patterns, colors, lines, and shapes. Their observations lead them to create their own art out of simple shapes made with paper, scissors, and markers. A project at the end provides step-by-step instructions for making a self-portrait postcard. Wallace's collage illustrations of the engaging mice are a fine contrast to the painting reproduction. A glossary of key words, highlighted in red in the text, is included. Deceptively simple, this eye-opening, fresh look at art education offers good opportunities for classroom exercises. Julie Cummins
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More About the Author

I love being out in Nature in all seasons - hiking, camping, star gazing, playing in the snow, gardening, beach combing - looking... listening...touching... being filled with WONDER. Nature is where many of the ideas for books come from. I love doing research and having those - WOW! I didn't know that - moments. I also paint seascapes... and love going to art museums. Guess which of my books that inspired! I write and illustrate books about what I love to do and what I care about. I love sharing with children and adults, my writing process, how I create my artwork and sharing what I have learned about visual literacy. Happy me, lucky me, being a children's book author and illustrator.

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It's a great visual story so young kids love the book and older children (even some adults!)
Virginia E. Farrell
The mice in the story create art in a variety of ways, and it will help spur your kids on (and you) to do the same.
Bradley Bevers
This is a great book to work on visual discrimination skills and art appreciation all in one.
Janet Degenhardt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: School & Library Binding
Written and illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace with the assistance of Linda K. Friedlaender, Look! Look! Look!, is the creative and original tale of three mice (Kiki, Alexander and Kat), and their fun exploration into the world of fine art. Following the three mice as they create their own version of a postcard featuring the elegant and detailed portrait painting of Lady Clopton, Look! Look! Look! captivates its young readers with a fun and inventive collection of art appreciation ideas and concepts throughout. Indeed, children are encouraged at one point to make their own work of art using the principles the mice have been discovering and conveying in their own efforts to observe all the details a work of art. An unusual and strongly commended addition to family, school, and community picturebook collections for children ages 5 to 8, Look! Look! Look! is enthusiastically recommended for artistic young readers as a picturebook tale of interest, information, and ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Virginia E. Farrell on January 22, 2008
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This book is an amazing way to teach children of quite an age range the many different ways to look at art work. Three mice take a visual journey through a painting, looking at the painting's lines, colors, and shapes. It's a great visual story so young kids love the book and older children (even some adults!) can learn of the many ways to appreciate a work of art. A must at home, in the library, and in an art class!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OutlawPoet - Down the Rabbit Hole TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2013
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Mom's Point of View:
For me personally, I loved the book. I was captivated by the way the book starts with the overall picture and then focuses on all the small details of the chosen artwork. Then, when the mice recreate the art work in different ways, I loved how it gave perspective on the way that different artists and view and present the same subject. I found the colors beautiful and thought that this was a great way to get my child to look at art.

Kindergartener's Point of View:
My daughter loves art. She can spend a whole day in an art museum looking at paintings and finding amazing things about them (while irritating other patrons with her five-year-old volume!). I thought this book would be perfect for her, but the book simply couldn't keep her interest. I tried to make it as fun as possible. I got out paper and scissors so that we could look at art in our own house in different ways. And she was interested for about a minute. I kept trying to draw her back into the book, pointing out different things and seeing what she could find. Nope. Finally, I let her go and simply read the book myself.

Overall Conclusion:

In spite of the age guidelines, I think that the book, beautiful as it is, is more appropriate for a slightly older child. I did wish that the chosen artwork had been something a little more interesting to a child - something with lots of animals or a scene were things were happening, rather than a portrait of one woman. I personally enjoyed the book and will revisit it with my child when she's a bit older.
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This is such a cute book and can be used with supervision for the under 6 group. This story takes you on an art adventure with some really cute mice. They find a postcard and take you on their journey through the basic values of art like form, shapes, color etc.

This book is perfect for it's intended ages of 6 to 8, and I and my 13 and 15 year olds sons also enjoyed this art book. I love that it encourages the reader to make a self portrait and suggestes the materials.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Unity Dienes on May 30, 2013
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This book is really, really basic art. I found it was most appreciated by my preschooler and only just still of interest to my first grader. It does explain the elements of color, line, pattern, and shape very clearly, and it does it cleverly by focusing on a single piece of art and how the elements come into play in that picture. Most other similar books that I've seen use many different works of art to entice children to think about these things. For example, the Come Look With Me series takes a small number of different works and then has children answer questions that require studying the pictures. Micklethwait's books have simple headings ("Play" or "Color" or "Line") and then showcases art works that seem to highlight those features. By focusing all the attention of this book on the single portrait shown on the cover, this book shows how the elements of art all contribute differently to a single piece. The choice of the portrait is odd, although perhaps by being so outside of a typical preschooler's experience it raises lots of interesting questions. Who is she? Why did someone paint her picture? Would you like to dress like that? These questions are not in the book, however.

I also found it interesting that the mice explore with line, shape, etc, to reduce the portrait to the rawest form of line, shape, etc. It really threw those elements into relief. Although I read this as a bedtime story to my children, I would like to go back through it more slowly perhaps during a crafty afternoon so that we can try out some of the same activities that the mice did. The book really invites this sort of exploration. I think it's really great for pre-K through about first for art; not a lot older than that, though.
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