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Touch the Art: Brush Mona Lisa's Hair Board book – October 28, 2006
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K—These board books, illustrated with some of the most famous Western masterpieces, encourage children to "touch the art." Each volume draws on a particular period, with Mona Lisa's Hair featuring the work of the Renaissance and Van Gogh's Bed the Impressionists. For each reproduction, a tactile element has been superimposed; for example, an earring on Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and a piece of tulle on one of Degas' ballerinas. In some cases the feature is small and somewhat hard to find (the fuzz on the peaches in a Cézanne still life, the eyeglasses on the man in Grant Wood's American Gothic), despite the relatively large size of the books. Each selection is identified and accompanied by a brief text. The text of Mona Lisa's Hair is mostly interrogative and less engaging than the other books. It asks, "Do you have a mustache too?" Will children find this silly or condescending? Matisse's Fish opts for a more successful format, with the repetitive refrain of "What a busy day!" Van Gogh's Bed features a lively rhyming scheme, while that in Warhol's Top is more forced (delicious/nutritious/lettuce/messes). The final pages of the books include a date, location, and a description, along with biographical information on the artist for each "artifact." While the idea of introducing children to art at an early age is a noble one, pairing the touch-and-feel format to fine paintings doesn't quite work.—Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH
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This book includes:
Mona Lisa- Leonardo Da Vinci
Price Balthasar Carlos on Horseback- Diego Velazquez
The Birth of Venus- Sandro Botticelli
The Laughing Cavalier- Frans Hals
The Arnolfini Portrait- Jan van Eyck
Portraits of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza and Their Triumph- Piero della Francesca
Girl with a Peal Earring- Johannes Vermeer
The Card Sharp- Georges de la Tour
Sistine Madonna- Raphael
At the end of the book the authors have included a short paragraph about each work of art and the artist who created it.
As with all the books in this series, the art is the star of the book- the words are secondary, and that's fine in this case. The "story line" in this book isn't amazing, and while that would usually annoy me, it doesn't matter much since the touch and feel famous works of art concept is so fantastic! Its a book I love looking at as well as my kids!
That's not to say my child doesn't enjoy this book, however. And, really, I bought it for him so he could leaf through the pictures, which he is quite able to do. As one reviewer commented, I look forward to somebody else furthering this idea in another book. But I felt like this book throughly deserved a parent's disgruntled critique.