"We begin our world tour in Edo, Japan." In the voice of a gallery tour guide, Raczka introduces 13 famous works of art from across the world. On each spread, a beautiful full-page reproduction of each work appears along with chatty, interesting text offering background on the artist and suggestions of what to look for in the picture. The tour takes readers through different places and times as well as art forms. Included are spreads featuring Diego Rivera in Mexico, Ansel Adams in the U.S., and Gustave Caillebotte in Paris. Several of the pages feature European artists working in other continents: Paul Gaugin in Tahiti; Paul Klee in Tunisia. The beautiful cover picture is a map of the world made with embroidered cloth, a work that blends the cultures of Italy and Afghanistan. Part of Bob Razcka's Art Adventures series, this is an exciting way to introduce children to a wide range of artwork and to prepare them for a gallery visit. Rochman, Hazel
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If you think planning a trip around the world would be difficult, imagine planning a trip back in time. Yet through the works of some of the world's most famous artists-and the guidance of Bob Raczka-you can pay a virtual visit to thirteen different places and times without leaving your chair!
The world tour begins in Japan, and then hops over to Australia, followed by a stop at the beautiful island of Tahiti. Eventually, you will visit six of Earth's seven continents. (Antarctica isn't much of a tourist spot unless you're a penguin!)
As your intrepid tour guide, Raczka offers fascinating facts about each destination, as well as the artists who worked there.