The Art Book for Children, Hardback
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Children's edition of Phaidon's best-selling The Art Book, presenting 30 of the most significant artists from all periods.

Each spread is illustrated by one or often more works by the artist and accompanied by a fun and involving text that introduces the reader to the artist and invites children to look more closely at each of the variety of paintings, sculptures and photographs included here.




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A wonderful introduction to the expansive world of art through the works of thirty artists. Simple, interesting and informative text accompany the works of art. Each artist is introduced through fun titles that mimic some aspect of their work. For instance, Cindy Sherman's section is entitled "Dressing Up," in reference to the wide array of characters she transforms into for her trademark photographs. Each artist's works also include engaging questions, such as the Vincent Van Gogh inspired, "How do you sign your paintings?" (He signed his with "Vincent".) The dates of the works aren't listed until the end of the book, which would be problematic except for the fact that the book is introductory in scope. An appropriate introduction to the art world for all ages, and a must for elementary and middle school libraries. I plan to read this to the children in my life!