13 Women Artists Children Should Know, Hardback Book
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This book teaches a young audience about the works and lives of thirteen women artists through informative texts, puzzles, coloring exercises, and fun quizzes.

In colourful spreads that feature important works as well as portraits of the artists themselves, children will learn how Sofonisba Anguissola, the Renaissance painter and pupil of Michelangelo, mastered portraiture in the Spanish Court; how the exquisitely wrought illustrations of Maria Sybilla Merian advanced the study of nature in the seventeenth century; and how Mary Cassatt's paintings depicted the lives of women in the nineteenth century.

Modern and contemporary artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, and Cindy Sherman round out this introduction to women artists for children.




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This was a creative biography that was able to connect with the young children. One of the first things I liked about this book was that while it was full of different biographies because they were all artists the author/illustrator included each woman’s artwork for the reader to see. Including the artist’s own work helps the reader better understand the difference between all of the artists. For example, Georgia O’Keeffe had an abstract style about “wonders of the world” which without pictures of some of her artwork we may never understand what those wonders in her mind were. The pictures also made the book more enjoyable for the reader as they were not just reading through facts. I also enjoyed the timeline that was at the top of every artist. This helped the reader understand what time period this artist was most popular and what other kinds of art may have took place during that time. The book also goes in order from the oldest artist to the most recent. For example, the book starts off with Sofonisba Anguissola in 1532 and ends with Cindy Sherman in 1954. The author can go through the book as if they are going through time reading about these famous artists. The big idea of this book was to inform the readers of the many different types of female artists that the author felt children should know. The author wanted the reader to learn about the different types of art and how these women were able to fulfill their dreams.