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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: For Kids series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155652479X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556524790
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up-This visually stunning work enhances the body of material on the artist and his contemporaries. Eminently readable, the crisply written text is detailed and thorough, including pronunciations of many place and personal names. Dal¡'s life is presented familiarly, drawing in many details of life as an artist during that period in Europe and the relationships among the surrealists. No actual dialogue is included, but conclusions are drawn about Dali's thoughts from historical evidence. Sidebars cover other artists (Miro Eluard, Picasso), styles (Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art), and elements of history (the Spanish Civil War, Fascism and Franco, Communism). The attractive layout includes numerous excellent-quality reproductions of the work of Dali and many of the other artists mentioned in the text, and period photographs. Of particular interest here are the 21 activities that will engage budding artists and encourage them to think and to look at familiar objects in a different way. Requiring no unusual supplies, they might be used by classroom teachers as well. There are rich potentials for jumps from here to history and the "'20s in Europe" art era. A valuable addition to any collection.
Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY
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Gr. 9-12. He was the quintessential crazy artist: a radical, contentious Spanish painter who put his dreams on canvas; an unashamed self-promoter who also wrote books, worked with Hollywood directors, and rubbed elbows with the likes of the Beatles. Ross treats readers to an episodic, roughly chronological glimpse of the eccentric artist and his work, especially his association with surrealism. This isn't a close-up view. Ross keeps a somewhat disappointing distance from his intriguing subject, and the biographical facts are constantly interrupted by boxed insets (often quite interesting) with information about Dali's fellow artists and their turbulent relationships and the times during which they painted. There are also projects to help reinforce the ideas adopted by the surrealists. The reproductions are good but too few for a book such as this, and although Ross' text descriptions of the art are very clear and visual, they really can't replace a look at the real thing. Still, readers are sure to come away with a sense of both the man and the art that will make them want to investigate further. REVWR
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 18, 2004
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I have read several of these Chicago Review Press volumes that combine art or history with 21 activities geared for kids ages 10 and up, and Michael Elsohn Ross' "Salvador Dali and the Surrealists: Their Lives and Ideas with 21 Activities" is the best of the bunch I have seen to date. The art history section is excellent but this time around the activities are even better. Art teachers looking for ways of introducing their young students to art in general and the surrealists in particular will find these activities to be extremely useful. Of course, in this age of schools dealing with deep budget cuts this book might be even more useful for teachers who do not have training in art or who are simply doing an art unit in their class.
Ross does a wonderful job of putting the Surrealists in historical context. Although he starts by looking at Dali's early life and first impressionist works, Ross tells young readers how World War I and the birth of the Dada movement, started to move art in a new direction. Throughout the book Ross provides looks at not only important artists like Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte, and Frida Kaholo, but also Sigmund Freud, Francisco Franco, and Harpo Marx. When you get to the Marx Brothers and the idea of absurd comedy that they represented in their films such as "A Night at the Opera," then you can rest assured that Ross is providing not only breadth but also depth to his treatment of Surrealism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Mccarty on August 30, 2006
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This is not only an informative book, there are many fun activities that will bring out the artist in anyone willing to try them. Love Dali and I used this book in a art class presentation ( I got it out of our local library) enjoyed the book so much and tried several of the activities. Had to own the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aleksandra on April 19, 2009
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A great book of the artist's life and the time period that he lived in. Good for kids ages 10-15
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By JDHero on September 29, 2013
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I like this book for the activities that tie together the historical perspective of Salvador Dali's life. Some of the activities, such as the Dream Journal, can be use to open one's mind to Freudian Dream analysis.
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By Jack on May 8, 2012
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A great resource for art or art-history teachers, middle school and up and entertaining while informative for adults not well versed in Dali. Easy to follow review of historical events and artists/philosophers that influenced Dali during his life presented in an organized time-line.
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