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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: This book introduces elementary school students to the world of art. This volume focuses on how artists see heroes. Each of the 16 works focuses on a single topic so that the children can see how artists share their thoughts and feelings. This interactive book explores myth, history, war, and everyday heroes through famous paintings.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 12
Interest Level: 10 and up
Reading Level: 7.2
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The selection of artworks, the discussion starters, and the quality of the graphics contribute to the success of this project.
Pros: Adults and kid alike can enjoy this interactive book about art, artists, and their inspiration. There are loads of activities that make learning enjoyable.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is an excellent program. It is creative, well-organized, and insightful for readers of all ages.
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 can see how different artists have approached and treated the same theme, and begin to understand the importance of individual style.” P.36
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 7.2
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - art, art history, heroes, culture
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2009
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