In his previous art books for children, Raczka has celebrated cultures, periods, and styles; this time his focus is on diversity in the U.S. Starting off with John Trumbull’s glowing painting “The Declaration of Independence,” the 18 beautifully reproduced works of art in this collection cut a swath across the country—including farms and cities, baseball and jazz, hard work and sacrifice, native peoples and immigrants. There’s even a double-page spread of Judy Chicago’s “Rainbow Shabbat,” which pictures people of many races and religions celebrating together. The final comment, “America is a work in progress,” brings history and art together. Concise notes about each picture at the back of the book will help children and those who are reading to them find out more about the artists and their work. Great for teachers as well as children interested in art. Grades 1-3. --Hazel Rochman
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About the Author
studied art at the University of Illinois and is currently a advertising writer. He has written nine art books for children, including No One Saw...Ordinary Things Through the Eyes of an Artist; Art Is...; More Than Meets the Eye: Seeing Art with All Five Senses; Unlikely Pairs: Fun with Famous Works of Art; Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves;
and 3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet.