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Summary: How Artists See is an award-winning series. These books introduce elementary school students to the world of art. This title describes how artists see America. Each of the 16 works focuses on a single topic so that the children can see how artists share their thoughts and feelings. This collection of one- and two-page spreads introduce kids to artists and their art.
Type of Reading: independent reading, playtime reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 and up; read yourself: 10 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 10
Reading Level: 5.5
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a spectacular book. The selection of artworks, the discussion starters, and the quality of the graphics contribute to the success of this project.
Pros: Explore famous works of art and enjoy loads of activities as you learn about artists, art, and history.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! he program is creatively designed, colorfully illustrated, and pedagogically sound. How Artists See America and all of the other titles in the series belong in the school and public library. If you or someone you know, is interested in art or art education, run to bookstore, now!
Educational Themes: In the author’s own words: “The books encourage children to look critically, answer-and ask-thought-provoking questions, and form an appreciation and understanding an artist’s vision. Each book is devoted to a single subject so that children an see how different artists have approached and treated the same theme, and begin to understand the importance of individual style.” (page 36)
Notes: Flesch-Kincaid reading level 5.5
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - art, art history, geography, picture book series
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2009
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