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Talking with Artists, Vol. 2: Conversations with Thomas B. Allen, Mary Jane Begin, Floyd Cooper, Julie Downing, Denise Fleming, Sheila Hamanaka, Kevin ... Vera B. Williams and David Wisniewski Hardcover – September 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1ST edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689803109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689803109
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Children's book illustrators discuss their craft in Talking with Artists: Volume Two, compiled and edited by Pat Cummings-as in the first book, interviews are accompanied by childhood and present-day photos of the subjects and examples of their work. Artists include Denise Fleming, Kevin Henkes, Maira Kalman, Floyd Cooper and nine others (Simon & Schuster, $19.95, ages 9-up ISBN 0-689-80310-9 Sept.).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6?Using the same eight questions that she used in the first volume of Talking with Artists (Bradbury, 1992), e.g., What is a normal day like for you? What do you enjoy drawing the most? What do you use to make your pictures?, Cummings probes the minds and hearts of 13 illustrators?Thomas B. Allen, Mary Jane Begin, Floyd Cooper, Julie Downing, Denise Fleming, Sheila Hamanaka, Kevin Henkes, William Joyce, Maira Kalman, Deborah Nourse Lattimore, Brian Pinkney, Vera B. Williams, and David Wisniewski. The tone of each interview is casual. These conversations are as humorous, insightful, and as original as the artists themselves. Although the author has kept the format the same as in the first volume, instead of a glossary of art terms, here she includes a section in which each artist describes a special technique that students may want to try. Excellent, full-color photos of the illustrators, their studios, and their work are also included. Full of insight and inspiration, this is an entertaining resource that young people, teachers, and librarians will enjoy. Cummings has another hit on her hands.?Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Riley on December 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I got this book at the library for my children, but I think I enjoyed it as much as they did! (I plan to buy a copy of my own!) Instead of a cool, impersonal presentation of artists and their work, this book provides a refreshingly personal view. The artists talk about their childhoods, how they spend their days (the answers are fun & honest!), their families, and best of all, they give us peeks inside their studios. I don't know about you, but I love seeing inside of an artist's private workspace! It's like a glimpse inside his/her mind.
The styles of the artists are very diverse and they use many different techniques that kids and adults alike would like to try out. I highly recommend this book!
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I got the book for myself. It's a bit dated, but it's fun to see how some authors got started and what their studio looks like. The back has a few tips from the artists.
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