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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars children's books LISTED, not pictured, July 7, 2000
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This review is from: Teaching Art with Books Kids Love: Art Elements, Appreciation, and Design with Award-Winning Books (Paperback)
As far as teaching art concepts, principles, elements, style, this is a good book.
BUT...I thought this book would include picture examples from the "more than 20 Caldecott... books" mentioned. The way the synopsis on the back of the book reads "Using more then 100 illustrations and award winning children's books..." is technically correct. There are pictures & there are books, the pictures are just not OF or FROM the books. All the pictures were "created by the author"(p.xvi). The books are included in each chapter as "Children's Literature Examples" and given in a sort of bibliography type format. "Famous...books...are listed. Finding examples can be frustrating...Don't spend a lot of time on it..." (p.xv).
Perhaps this was meant to foster trips to the library, but I am still dissapointed.
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Initial post: Nov 2, 2006 12:42:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2006 12:43:29 PM PST
Readerwoman says:
It is likely that this is a result of copyright issues. It can be prohibitively expensive to reproduce imagery from copyrighted materials.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 6:33:42 AM PDT
nestof3 says:
The illustrator's work will mean so much more (and be remembered more) if the book is also read to/by the student. I don't really want my sons focusing on the art work of several authors/illustrators if they are not even familiar with their work. So, I think there is an assumption that you will include the books, as the author even states in the introduction, "the books are easy to find in most public libraries and schools."

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 7:50:27 AM PDT
Ellie Z says:
I appreciate the excellent points made in both of the previous comments to this review. However, I still find this review one of the most helpful reviews of this book. As a consumer, looking to spend my limited budget wisely, I appreciate reviews that level-set my expectations for the product I am considering purchasing. Based on the book's synopsis, I too would have assumed the illustrations would be included. It would have been a disappointment and an irritation had the book arrived and not met my expectations. Now that I know that with the purchase of this book there will be a trip to the library in my future, I can look forward to supplementing my curriculum with a myriad of wonderful picture books - some of which I may not have been acquainted with before. Well done reviewer!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2011 6:55:36 AM PDT
Don't forget that your local public library will have nearly all of the books listed in this art instruction manual. Therefore, if you like the idea of this book -- go ahead and buy it! Take it to your local public library and ask your librarian to help you find the books of interest. The idea that finding these books would be a difficult task is silly, with inter-library loan available in most communities, and with the fact that some of the books mentioned are Caldecott winners means that you'll be able to find many of these at the library no problem. :) Some libraries (like ours) will even pull books for you when you make a request over the phone! Having the actual book will be more helpful than any re-prints this textbook could reproduce. :)

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 9:14:24 AM PST
Absolutely agree; I wish I had read this before I purchased. A book about art/colors in black & white ? DUH..
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