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The Art of the Body: For Children and Adults Hardcover – January 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Museum of Contemporary Art (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914357581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914357582
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,271,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


A far cry from the dull art-history texts you dozed over in school, these whimsical board books use modern masterpieces---by Matisse, Lichtenstein, Warhol, and others---to introduce kids to colors, shapes, and parts of the body. Even the buttocks get their 15 minutes of fame in a David Hockney piece your preschooler is sure to find funny. The colorful trio provides a great simultaneous introduction to reading and the world of fine art. Who knows---they might even give the two of you something to talk about during your next museum trip. -- Parent's Magazine, February 1999

From the Publisher

This is the final book in the trilogy that also includes The Art of Shapes for Children and Adults and The Art of Colors for Children and Adults. The sales for this book were instantly strong, in part because there are so few books which teach children their body parts. Once again, every artist who was asked to participate agreed to be included in the book, showing the uniqueness and value of the book.

A portion of the proceeds from The Art of the Body for Children and Adults supports The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and its programs. The book was produced by Cecil B. Widdifield.

More About the Author

Writing children's books combines two of my life passions -- being a Mom and reading. Ever since I was young, books have been some of my best friends from Madeline, to Babar, to Lowly the Worm, and Charlotte & Wilbur. As a Mom, cuddling with my children and a big pile of books was always wonderfully indulgent. Though my kids are soon leaving the nest, books for young children will always be a part of my life. I gravitate to creating non-fiction books because they invite children to participate and empower children by encouraging their learning.

Born and raised in Princeton NJ, I am raising my children, with my beloved husband, in Los Angeles. Our garage has been converted to an art studio, where I begin my books, whether just sketching them out on paper with a simple box representing each page, or cutting and pasting construction paper for a first draft.

Thank you for reading my books. I so hope enjoy them as you share time with a young child. What could be more glorious than that?


PS - My reviews and ruminations about children's books can be found at

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is targeted for kids but very good for the adult reader I love these series You can meet many wonderful artwork and artist
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anne yambor on August 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As an aspiring art historian and teacher, I found this bood to be incredibly inspiring for adults and children. What a fun way to bridge basic knowledge about the human body to contemporary art. This book takes the familiar and links it to new concepts. We can all relate to the information in this little gem of a book!
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