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LOOKING AT PAINTINGS: AN INTRODUCTION TO FINE ART FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Author: Erika Langmuir

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Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing, ´┐½2002

Material: hard cover

Summary: Looking at Paintings is a collaborative effort by London´┐½s National Gallery and The Walt Disney Company, Inc. to help young children enjoy the world´┐½s great paintings. The authors have created an extraordinary guide book containing 400 color illustrations to help the reader appreciate the talent and dedication that artists commit to their projects. This is an illustrated book to explore art, with help from Disney characters.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 10 to 13

Interest Level: 8 and up

Reading Level: 5.7

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: When one has the resources of the National Gallery and Walt Disney Inc. to assist a team of experts in developing a guidebook for fine arts, the expected response from the critics would be ´┐½that´┐½s a piece of cake.´┐½ When the critics open the cover and realize what a gem they hold in their hand there´┐½s an entirely different response. This book is special.

Pros: This guide book is itself a work of art and will adorn coffee tables and library shelves of art lovers everywhere.

Cons: None. This is a flawless piece of work.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a primer on painting that anyone who likes pictures and drawings will find enjoyable and informative. Don´┐½t let the presence of Mickey Mouse or Goofy distract you. This is a serious guidebook on painting which the reader/artist will relish and appreciate.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NINE FAMOUS ARTISTS YOUR CHILDREN WILL LOVE; An Art Discovery Primer and Handbook for Parents and Their Children   COME LOOK WITH ME: DISCOVERING WOMEN ARTISTS FOR CHILDREN   I SPY SHAPES IN ART

Educational Themes: Looking At Paintings is an informative guidebook for those interested in fine art. It is likely, that if you are an artist, you are already familiar with the book. The pooling of resources and talents of a major museum and a respected media corporation have produced an excellent resource for anyone interested in serious painting.

Notes: The publisher/author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, art

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2009

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