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Author: Jennifer Tarr Coyne

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Publisher: Lickle Publishing, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Come explore twelve paintings by famous women artists. Share them and introduce kids to women whose work they might never otherwise see. Each painting is paired with information about painter and the painting, and includes questions for discussion. This book 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: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 10.1

Age of Child: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: What a neat and effective way to nurture the right side of the brain. This book (and the series) is exceptional in concept, content, and authenticity. The books are miniature museum coffee table books.

Pros: There is something for everyone in this book, and you don't need to know a lot about art to enjoy it. The selection of artists and paintings is tastefully done. They will stimulate the reader’s curiosity and provide much food for thought and discussion.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you want to share the fine arts with your children, this book, and the others in the series, are ideal resources. You needn’t be an art expert just a conversation facilitator. This program is a great way to nourish the right brain and gets a strong “Buy” recommendation.

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 AFRICAN AMERICAN ART FOR CHILDREN   OPERA WORLD: An Overture For Young People

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.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, art, interactive learning, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2008

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