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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (March 1, 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: #456,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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A must at home, in the library, and in an art class!
Virginia E. Farrell
A good book to introduce children to the concept of looking more closely at a piece of art and appreciating the details.
J. Jacobs
The story teaches art appreciation and observation in such a fun clever way!
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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Jacobs VINE VOICE on May 11, 2013
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Three mice receive a postcard with the portrait of Lady Clopton. As they play with it and examine it, they show children how to look for and notice details in the painting, how to identify patterns and colors, the use of lines and shapes, and using the portrait as an inspiration to create art that reflects their own lives. At the end of the book are instructions for how to make a postcard with a self-portrait, using some of the concepts covered in the book.

My husband thought it was overly instructional, the type of book that appeals to adults because they think it promotes culture but that children don't necessarily enjoy. I do like it because I think it promotes culture. And my five-year-old liked it too, so I think it was effective. The concepts in this book could be reinforced by adult readers pointing out details, patterns, shapes and lines in other objects a child sees, while referring back to the story.

A good book to introduce children to the concept of looking more closely at a piece of art and appreciating the details.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Autumn VINE VOICE on May 29, 2013
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While the homeowners are away, 3 little mice come out to play. And what a fun time is to be had! A postcard with a picture of "Lady Clopton" comes through the mail slot and the mice take turns evaluating the photo in detail. The artwork in this book is beautiful. The pictures are made from paper cut outs and this gives the pages a 3D effect. The mice invite the reader to explore shapes, colors and patterns. They replicate the photo using markers, shapes and their imagination. They use critical thinking to examine the photo closely and teach the reader how to do the same. My preschooler actually sat through the whole book and enjoyed it! The mice were careful to return the postcard to where they found it before the owners returned....nice touch!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 3, 2013
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I hope my children will recognize and appreciate several of the most famous works of art as a result of reading this book over and over. The cute mice show their curiosity and interest in paintings. They are relaxed about art and approach it with the openness and wonder of small children.
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