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GET INTO ART PLACES; Discover Great Art and Create Your Own

Author: Susie Brooks

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Publisher: Kingfisher, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: Each two-page illustration shows a major work of art and includes information about the artist, the painting itself, and the techniques used. "Flip the flap” to find an art project based on that piece of art. There are illustrated instructions on what to do so, with adult supervision, the child should be able to handle the project. This book is part of the Get Into Art series.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 8 to 13

Reading Level: 5.1

Age of Child: Shared with a group of fourth graders (ages 9 and 10).

Young Reader Reaction: A group of students used this book in an art class, and they loved it!

Adult Reader Reaction: This book is excellent. I liked the way the book is designed and the projects are explained. The art draws in the child, and the projects are fun. Because of the way the book is organized, you can select specific pieces of art or projects. This can encourage kids who aren't strong readers to engage with the book.

Pros: Not only is this a great way of introducing art and famous artists to kids, it is lots of fun, too!

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is an excellent resource for educators and definitely for families home schooling their children.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NINE FAMOUS ARTISTS YOUR CHILDREN WILL LOVE; An Art Discovery Primer and Handbook for Parents and Their Children   GET INTO ART TELLING STORIES: Discover Great Art and Create Your Own   LOOKING AT PAINTINGS: AN INTRODUCTION TO FINE ART FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Educational Themes: In addition to learning about famous works of art, use this book to explore art concepts and materials.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

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

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2015

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