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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Bob Raczka 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.
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  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 60 (What's this?)
  • Series: Bob Raczka's Art Adventures
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: First Avenue Editions (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580138810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580138819
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
Bob Raczka's books take the readers adventuring for sure. His latest title is a provocative survey of America & Freedom. By studying his choices of art to portray America we find ourselves thinking of some works of art we might have selected.

How we would describe our country in WORDS is also a useful exercise ~ for Americans of all ages. It would be a good classroom project to stimulate thoughtful weighing of what are the most important aspects of Freedom, as well as appreciation for an array of artists and different art forms, not necessarily those that young students are commonly exposed to in school. Three favorites of mine from Raczka"s book are "Cradling Wheat" by Thomas Hart Benton, "Brooklyn Bridge" by Georgia O'Keefe, "Action Party II" by Mark Tansey. The latter, new to me, is a tongue-in-cheek view of artists painting a space shuttle lift-off.

Enjoy the book, then indulge in making choices from your own inner gallery. Have a family discussion; there might be less resistance to visiting museums during your next family vacation, thanks to another Art Adventure with Bob Raczka. And be sure to look up these other titles:
"UNLIKELY PAIRS" (#0761323783); "HERE'S LOOKING AT ME"
(#0761234041); "3-D ABCs" (0822564742).
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A collection of varied American artist's work that celebrate or showcase America. My favorite part was in the afterward portion that gives a little bit of information on each of the artists that are shown; that section should have been placed at the bottom of the pages instead of in the back to increase the odds that students would read and benefit from it.
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A wonderful fun book that is perfect for the classroom! I use it to teach my art students about famous American Artist. My students love the pictures and the story. Definitely one to buy!
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By Becky Bowen on September 21, 2015
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Nice book, but pages were bent when I received it.
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