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From Publishers Weekly

The Smart About Art series continues with Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Jessie Hartland. Presented and organized in the style of a grade-school report (and written from the perspective of the fictitious "Keesie Johnson"), the latest installment covers the Fauve movement and Matisse's shift from painting to cut-paper collage.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 1-3-A creative way to instill an appreciation of art in children. The text begins with a "hand-printed" letter on lined paper from the teacher, Ms. Brandt, posing three questions to her students for their reports about a famous artist. The rest of the book is related as Keesia Johnson's report. Hartland's color illustrations are captioned with dialogue or other text; examples of Matisse's art are dispersed throughout; and there are photos of the artist and his mother; of the child who "wrote" the report and her sister; of Matisse in his 70s, making paper cutouts; and of stained-glass windows in a church that he designed. A brief biographical sketch is included, and children are also told about Matisse's changes in style, use of bright colors, and skill in various mediums. The last page contains the teacher's "hand-printed" note to Keesia after reading her work. This book could be used in conjunction with Mike Venezia's Henri Matisse (Children's, 1997), Nelly Munthe's Meet Matisse (Little, Brown, 1983; o.p.), and Ernest Lloyd Raboff's Henri Matisse (Lippincott, 1988; o.p.) to introduce the life and works of this renowned French artist.
Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Smart About Art
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (March 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044842519X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448425191
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An amusing introduction to the artist Matisse that I highly recommend. Written as though it's an 8-yr-old's school report, it is accessible and very informative. It includes reproductions of Matisse art and biographical information. Loved it. And it was useful as a teaching tool.
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I bought this book for a presentation I did for my daughter's first grade class on Matisse. I didn't find it all that helpful for the presentation but it's a nice book if you want a child to have something to look at read at home. I ended up downloading the pictures I wanted from the web and using them on the projector. I drew a connection between Matisse and Eric Carle who was profoundly influenced by Matisse. It seemed more accessible to the kids because they all know Eric Carle and I hoped that maybe Matisse might stick in their brains better that way.
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By Keely on July 29, 2011
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I loved this story! It does have a couple pages of nude-type art. I had to skip those pages in my middle school art class. But I will keep it forever and read the whole thing to my own children one day.
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This book is beautiful, and full of wonderful descriptive imagery for discussing art with children. A wonderful book for introducing children to the art world and famous master artists. Beautiful illustrations and a down-to-earth writing style make this book a fabulous purchase. My my 5 month old daughter loves the pictures!
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By M. H. on January 30, 2013
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Great book about Henri Matisse. Perfect for my elementary art classroom. Students can read to themselves when they finish early and can learn much from reading this book.
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If you are an art teacher or history teacher or just a parent or teacher who loves to share the stories of all the creative souls that have made our culture rich, then read this to your kids!! Then do a project based on his inspiration!
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has dad some art classes where they look at artists work and then emulate one of their own paintings.
some unique ideas. good for rainy day.
lets you know more about artist from child to old age.
Full of information and styles of paintings
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This is a biography done in the style of a book report, with illustrations and examples and photographs scrapbooked in.

We tried creating art in a similar style: colorful, repeated shapes, abstract forms. Very nice book for getting children interested.

Also try "Printing" by Michelle Powell Printing (Step-by-Step Children's Crafts) for other great ideas and some Matisse-style projects.
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