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Michelangelo (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) Paperback – October, 1991

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Mike Venezia is the author of several nonfiction books for children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Series: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Childrens Pr (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0516422936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0516422930
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathryn R. Ziemnik on June 13, 2000
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"One of the things that made Michelangelo such a great artist was his ability to give a special energy and strength to the people he painted and sculpted," p.29
The young reader will learn about Michelangelo's beginnings in a city near Florence, the brief time he spent as a baby with a family of stonecutters, his years of study at the workshop of Ghirlandaio, his years under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici and his years working for Pope Julius II.
Michelangelo did things on a grand scale. His "David" of Goliath fame is 16 ft., 10 in. in height and took 2.5 years to complete. His "Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel" is 5800 sq. ft. in area and took 4 years to complete. The young when doing an art piece are frequently never able to complete it within the allotted time, regardless of the length of the allotted time. It seems there is a reluctance on the young's part to feel it is complete, because it seems there is always some additional work required. They share Michelangelo's art ethic and will appreciate his dedication.
My favorite sculpture in the book is Michelangelo's "Pieta," sculpted in 1498-1499. There is both an expressed fragility to Jesus' body and an overwhelming gentle strength in Mary's holding of him. It gives testimony to Michelangelo's complete oneness with the roughness and hardness of marble. The marble was putty in his hands.
Venezia's illustrations are humorous. His narrative is delightfully entertaining. His approach brings the artist within reach of the young. His portrayal of Pope Julius II in the Sistine Chapel offering unsolicited comments on Michelangelo's work jokingly brings to the fore the conflict that existed between the two.
The size of the book is perfect for smaller hands.
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I read this to my pre-k and she loved it. We read this AFTER we saw David in Florence. I wish we had read it before as it would have built up the excitement of seeing the statue, but no matter, it was fun for her to learn about how Michelangelo grew up to become one of the most famous artists in the world. It also made us both appreciate his works of art. There was just enough text to tell his story, but short enough to not lose a child's attention. We are reading the others in the series.
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I purchased these books for my after school art club. I teach a class of 20 3rd and 4th graders, and I though this would be a great way to introduce art history to them. I assumed that, since they are children's books, the pictures would be cropped so no genitalia would be showing. There are several pictures with nudes in the book. I had to censor the book and get it approved with my manager and the school before using them in the classroom.

That being said, they are wonderfully written and contain a lot of information. I would highly recommend them, but use your best judgement if you're using them in a classroom.
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I bought all of the books in this series for our homeschool art curriculum. They are easy to read and a fun supplement that can lead to a nice trip to the Smithsonian Gallery of Art.
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I was looking for a book on Michelangelo for my ten year old grandson.
This book is like simple descriptive book and he enjoys that type of genre.
It tells in simplicity the major accomplishments of this classic artist.
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We used this book as part of our homeschool art program to complement material found online. It was a fun addition to our lesson. The material is presented in a basic fashion so I wouldn't purchase for anyone above 5th grade.
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This book is part of a series of books on famous artists used for a unit study from [...]
Great addition to any homeschool curriculum.
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The delivery of this book was done in a timely manner by Amazon.. The author was able to keep the material in a manner necessay to capture the readers attenton. I feel that this author made the reading material more enjoyable than any other of its kind that I had read recently..
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