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A Child's Book of Art: Great Pictures - First Words Library Binding – November 8, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
"It is never too early to introduce children to art," Micklethwait declares in her introductory note to parents and teachers. The carefully selected roundup of stunning art collected in this large-format volume--ranging from a detail from an Egyptian tomb painting that dates to 2550 B.C. to David Hockney's Le Plongeur , created in 1978 with paint and molded paper pulp--proves her point easily. Micklethwait wisely includes an abundance of paintings featuring children, action scenes and vibrant colors--all elements guaranteed to snare a youngster's attention. The thematic arrangement of the works of art places them in contexts familiar to kids (family, pets, colors, opposites, work and play), and words or basic phrases accompanying each painting (sisters, in the kitchen, playing in the sand, on the grass) will enable beginning readers to practice their new skills. Also noteworthy are the publisher's trademark exceptionally clean book design and the superb quality of the reproductions. Ages 2-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-A picture gallery with oversized pages filled with fine-art reproductions with simplistic labels, e.g., "bedroom," "two boys," "rainy," etc. Micklethwait writes in her "Note to Parents and Teachers" that they are to treat these paintings as they would "those in any other picture book." By this she means to experience them for their representational or emotional content and not to be inhibited by the "fine art" halo that too often surrounds such works. And the author merits a special "Bravo!" for her refusal to include sculpture because it "would lose too much of its magic on the printed page." There are more than 100 pictures here, sometimes three or four to a page, sometimes with a full page to themselves. They come from ancient Egypt and modern Europe, from Africa and Central America. It's an extensive collection with the majority from the Western world of the past 600 years. Surprisingly, there are only three female artists represented. The subjects also vary, e.g., "Six Ways to Travel," "More Colors," and "A Time to Sleep." The reproductions are all printed with great clarity and with considerable white space around them to facilitate individual attention. Full information about the original art objects is appended.
Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.