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I Spy Shapes in Art Hardcover – August 10, 2004
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PreSchool-Grade 2–Micklethwait's contributions to the literature of art appreciation for children are many; here she uses the "I Spy" format to encourage youngsters to seek out particular shapes in reproductions of paintings. The 19th- and 20th-century works are mostly European and American in origin. Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, M. C. Escher, and Andy Warhol are among the artists represented. A colorful, clean design is coupled with a large font, making this a book that new readers will be able to enjoy independently. Captions with titles and artists are provided below the text. A list of locations and dates of the paintings is appended. The author's foreword suggests simple ideas for using this vibrant volume. Like Bob Raczka's More Than Meets the Eye (Millbrook, 2003), this is a welcome introduction to visual literacy for the youngest clientele.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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PreS-Gr. 2. Like I Spy: An Alphabet in Art (1992) and I Spy: Numbers in Art (1993) Micklethwait's latest title uses stunning reproductions of artworks to introduce elemental concepts. Here, the focus is on shapes. Preschoolers will be able to search for ovals, squares, hearts, and more within large, sharp images of famous art, such as Henri Matisse's paper collage The Snail and Paul Klee's painting Around the Fish, which are set against glossy white pages. The text is just a few boldface words per page: "I spy with my little eye a rectangle." The concept may be simplicity itself, but children will want to return again and again to the inviting pages, where they can point out everything else that they "spy" within the richly detailed images. Language arts teachers may also want to use this with older children as a springboard for story-writing exercises. A handsome offering with appeal to a wide age group. Gillian Engberg
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