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Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules (Smart About Art) Paperback – December 30, 2002


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  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Series: Smart About Art
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (December 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448428628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448428628
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book came as described and on time, so thanks for the fine service.
L. McGoff
This book was a great resource - I had to do an Exploring Arts project on Picasso for both a 3rd grade class and a 1st grade class.
Patricia D'Agata
I am always looking for interesting children's non-fiction, and the Smart About Art books are quite fun editions to the genre.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Patricia D'Agata on November 12, 2003
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This book was a great resource - I had to do an Exploring Arts project on Picasso for both a 3rd grade class and a 1st grade class. I was able to read this book to the 3rd grade class with omitting 4 - 5 pages, but it was definitely not appropriate for 1st graders. During the blue period section, it says that Picasso was depressed because his best friend committed suicide and that Picasso had used (and I quote) "tramps and drunks" as his subjects! It also has a few too many visuals that are better left to older eyes. That being said, it did have some great facts that I hadn't seen anywhere else and the Children REALLY liked this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on October 8, 2008
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I am now a true fan of True Kelley, author and illustrator of "Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules." Instead of presenting information about Picasso--his life and works--she gives the reader/viewer a new way of looking at art. This book is written as a school project/report by a student.

Simon Packard is a student in Ms. Brandt's class, whose letter opens this book. The unit on famous artists is almost over and the students now must close the unit with a report on their assigned artist. Simon's twin brother chose Monet, Simon chose Picasso because his parents LOVE his art and have books and prints in every room in the house.

What a clever way to present the life and art of Pablo Picasso--through the eyes and pen of a student (whose age or grade is not disclosed). The book is his report/project, making this (to me) a definite plus in acquiring not only this book, but also all the other books in this series Smart About Art.

Whether you like or dislike Picasso's art will become irrelevant. What this book presents is a real feel for the man and his art and how and why the two developed. The book is a combination of narrative and art, plus the student/writer's evaluation of the two as the narrative unfolds. For example, Simon presents the Blue Period, a reason for it, and his own reaction through his painting of his cat who died (a "blue" painting).

One of my favorite sections was a two-page history of Picasso's wives and girlfriends simply presented with no ugly history. Another favorite is the next to last page. Simon tells how old Picasso was when he died (91) and how many works of art he created (over 50,000). But the stand-out is Simon's illustrating showing Picasso leaping through the air singing "To draw you must close your eyes and sing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne on March 18, 2013
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Really love this learning tool for my grandchildren. they are learning to appreciate art and look forward to the rest of the series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Art history teacher on July 19, 2007
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This book is great for an adult trying to understand Picasso's art from a child's perspective. It does not try to be esoteric but instead keeps things simple which was helpful to me as I prepared for a discussion on Picasso with elementary school students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bassnlegs on November 14, 2012
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I find the book to be an easy read with nice illustrations. Pablo Picasso as seen through the eyes of a child.
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I am a first grade teacher in a high poverty school, and I teach an art and artists unit every year in order to provide my students with exposure to the arts. I find that incorporating art and art history into my daily Common Core lesson plans not only deepens and enriches learning, but helps students make important cross-curricular connections.
Anyway, I was looking for books to introduce the various masters to my students. I needed something clear, concise, and high-interest with lots of colorful pictures. (It's really gotta be something special to hold the attention of most first graders!:)). I browsed on Amazon and came across this series. The books looked like the perfect fit for what I needed, so I ordered several- Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh- and let me tell you, this is one of the best purchases I have made for my classroom! These books are amazing on so many levels. First, each book is written as a book report completed by a student. There is a brief note from the student at the beginning of the book that tells why he or she chose the particular artist to write his or her report on. My students never fail to be intrigued with the idea that a child, a student like themselves wrote the book. So, from the very start of our artist study, I am already having students ask if they can write about an artist too. If you are a teacher, you know that this kind of motivation is PRICELESS! Secondly, Throughout each book, child drawn pictures containing funny little observations about the artist accompany pictures of the artist's works. My students love these and want to pause to really examine and discuss them. The author draws comparisons and makes connections from his or her life to that of the artist.
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This series is a wonderful way to introduce young people to famous arts! The book came as described and on time, so thanks for the fine service.
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