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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Another beautiful concept book that highlights works from the museum's collection. With a structure similar to that in Museum 123 (Little, Brown, 2004), a question (e.g., What shape is the wheel?) faces a full-page art reproduction. On the next spread, details from four more works of art that include the shape face a single example of it on a white background, centered and clearly labeled. The concept is simple; what makes this book so wonderful is the art, which is varied in content, style, medium, culture, and period, and is beautifully reproduced. Young children may be challenged to name the arch or the crescent, for example, and may also have some difficulty finding familiar forms in a few paintings, like the rectangles in Childe Hassam's waving flags in Avenue of the Allies, Great Britain, 1918. Parents will relish the opportunity to look at these wonderful works of art and to discuss not only the shapes, but also the content of the pictures with their children. A title to be shared again and again.–Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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PreS-Gr. 2. An exercise in both art appreciation and recognizing shapes, this book invites children to find one of 10 geometric forms in tiled details taken from several dozen artworks owned by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The text follows a very basic pattern, asking, "What shape is . . ." a particular object in a painting, with the answer on the next page, accompanied by several other examples of the shape. The example for Arch, a rock formation in a painting by Monet, may be a bit too impressionistic for the target audience, but, in general, the shapes--square, rectangle, crescent, heart, etc.--are clear and easy to pick out. All the art is fully identified in a visual key at the end. Being smaller and more subdued in color than Lucy Micklethwait's I Spy Shapes in Art (2004), this doesn't have the same visual impact; it does, however, include more works, and makes an equally eye-opening prelude to an art-museum visit. John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316056987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316056984
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Claudia M. Zimmerman on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I find this book a very nice way to introduce my elementary art classes to the element of shape in art. The pictures and presentation are clear and it gives a nice overview of what a museum might include for those that have not visited one. Students enjoy the pictures over and over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mother of two year old on May 28, 2010
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This is a wonderful book for all ages. We have read it since my daughter was less than a year old. Very good quality and interesting images.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Art Teacher on January 11, 2013
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This is a wonderful book I use in my classroom to quiz young students about the shapes. It gives opportunity to explore shapes in many different paintings, textiles, prints, and sculptures from the Metropolitan Museum's collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cheryl on October 16, 2012
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For preschool children, this book and the other museum books, are excellent ways to introduce children to art.
We use them in our art classes.
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By mom of two boys on June 20, 2008
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This book is beautifully done, I loved looking at the pictures and wanted to offer a different perspective of shapes in the world. Unfortunately it does not hold my 3 year old sons interest. I think the book is worth it though and will try again when he is older.
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By angellover on August 28, 2010
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This book is perfect for use in my art room...lots of colorful pages that will keep the students' attention! Great vendor, too - shipped on time with an accurate description of the book! Thank you.
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