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Summary: This is an art appreciation program that introduces kids to twelve paintings by African American painters. Readers will meet the painters, become familiar with their work, and participate in learning about the painting. This is a book that introduces children to art and the museum experience.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Reading Level: 10.1
Age of Child: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: When I taught school, I used art in my history classes (high school level) to set context. This project is one of the neatest programs for teaching and learning about art that I've ever seen.
Pros: This book is part of a series that introduces kids to arts in a way that involves their thoughts, too. The selection of artists and paintings is tastefully appropriate, and they will stimulate the reader’s curiosity.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least! You don't need to be an art expert, just someone who can facilitate a conversation. This program is a great way to nourish the right brain and gets a strong “Buy” recommendation.
Educational Themes: This is an art appreciation program that authentically engages participants in learning about art and artists. Under the guidance of a moderator and guide questions, students examine twelve paintings by world respected artists and share their thoughts and observations.