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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: 9.1 x 7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy K. Polhemus
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 appreciate how appropriately the author handles some of the more salacious details of Picasso's life.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Patricia D'Agata on November 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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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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3 of 4 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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