From School Library Journal
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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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 PetersCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved