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'A perfect introduction to art for parents and children to enjoy together ... Simple, clear and fun.' The Guardian 'The Art Book For Children draws young readers first into the subject, then deftly into the form, of paintings from the Mona Lisa to Warhol's Marilyn Monroe' The Times 'stylish, and exciting without being silly' Sunday Times Culture 'Stylish, welcoming introduction to art ... The book is bursting with exuberant questions ... and determined to open young eyes and minds.' The Observer 'A fine sourcebook; recommended for all collections.' Library Journal 'The book will stimulate discussion and a higher level of appreciation of art' School Library Journal

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Amanda Renshaw, formerly a specialist in Impressionist and Modern Art at Christies, is currently Editorial Director at Phaidon Press.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 8 and up
  • Series: Art Book for Children (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Inc. (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714847062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714847061
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.6 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This isn't a book for little kids (although little kids might enjoy looking at it). It's a big colorful book with lots of eclectic art masterpieces - from the Renaissance to the conceptual modern sculpture - with thoughtful analysis and wealth of break out images highlighting particular details and concepts. The analysis text is pitched at smart late elementary aged kids (2nd-3rd grade through 7th, I'd say). I found I was getting a lot out of it too. I love the variety and pacing of the artistic selections. The radical changes page to page with keep kids' attention. The breadth helps introduce kids to the broad spectrum of art. The focus on detail, analysis, and comprehension helps convey to kids the language and forms of art appreciation. Any kid will find this at least diverting. For certain kids - the ones who have a special affinity for art - this book will be a revelation and might change their lives. Highly recommended.
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I use this book for my art lessons in class and the children love it. I have been introducing famous artists and movements from realism to Impressionism and more and the children love looking through this book and may more to find out information and to have a closer look at certain paintings. I would only buy this book for children if they have a real interest in learning about Art. As a teacher resource it is brilliant.
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My daughter wasn't interested in the first Art Book for Children until she turned 6, but then she REALLY loved it. She likes to sit with me and ask questions about the paintings in the book. I was very excited to see that the second one was coming out. I love the color of the cover and my daughter likes this one just as much as the first!
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great, insightful work; my kids love it and adults will get a lot out of it too.
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Based on the book's description and my quickly reading some of the laudable reviews published here, I thought "The Art Book for Children" would be the perfect gift for one of my favorite 11-year olds, an art-prize winner. Surprisingly, it's two days after Christmas and still he hasn't shown much interest in it. Today, his mother read through it and announced that she "doesn't like it." Because she's an art lover and all-around creative person in her own right, I was a bit flummoxed. Neither of them - nor I - can articulate exactly why this book doesn't work the expected magic. It's more than an introduction with seemingly all the right ingredients: various forms, thought-provoking commentary, works familiar to students and written at an age-appropriate reading level. What's not to like? Perhaps it's the anthology format that makes it difficult to see a pattern, to connect the ideas that tie together the different approaches to making art. Maybe it's the missing world-view: a focus heavy on pre-1950 European and American artists. Regardless of the possible reasons that "The Art Book" misses the mark, the real joy killer is the need for an adult hand to guide this 6th grader through it like a classroom lesson. That's no fun, and voluntary reading should be.
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This book, (The Art Book for Children - Book Two), and the first book of the pair (Book One) are two new favorite books in rotation with my 6 year old. Every night, we read about one or two paintings, and the lessons they impart are intelligent and written at a reasonable level for his age. I think the age minimum might be about 5yo, despite the book saying it's for 8 and older. So far, my son's favorite is Magritte!
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I checked this out from the library and kept it so long, I decided I needed to have my own copy. I am purchasing it, not only for myself and children to look at and discover the art, but as a resource for art projects at the camp I work for. It gets your wheels turning about all the different media and types of art.
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The book is beautifully constructed, the reproductions are excellent, and—don't get me wrong—it does have quite a bit to teach about art. I just think we could be spending our time on something better. My boys are insisting that we finish it, though, so I'm going with three stars instead of the two I'd give it without their input.

There are two things wrong with this book. The first I don't exactly blame on the editors, viz., the quality of the art on display. A large part of it is, not to put a fine word on it, crap. Way too much bad contemporary art. This is the sort of book that you'll buy if you want to expose your children to the notion that art can be all kinds of things, even heaps of garbage or candy. If you disagree, you'll have my reaction. On the other hand, it is a slice of our crazy old world, so we read it anyway. It would have been better to see more serious, high-quality art from throughout the ages, and for that, the editors can of course be blamed. Instead children are left with the impression that silly contemporary experimental art is on a par with the old masters. Gag me.

The second thing wrong with the book is the text. Sometimes (not very often, frankly) the text is actually thought-provoking, making some non-obvious and even essential remarks or questions about the art. But all too often it's downright inane or puerile (in a way not explicable by the fact that it's written for children). The discussion, such as it is, of "School of Athens" was very disappointing, asserting the painting shows "some of the greatest thinkers, mathematicians, scientists, geographers, artists, and inventors of all time." Well, in fact, they're mostly ancient Greek philosophers.
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