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Summary: The book's premise is that children who have been introduced to the arts, turn out to be brighter, happier, and healthier individuals, ultimately becoming contributors to their families, professions, and communities. This is a handbook for parents that provides a variety of ways for introducing their children to the joys and wonders of paintings.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, crossover book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: 5 and up; read yourself: 10 and up
Young Reader Reaction: I think this book offers many opportunities for children to develop an interest in art, while also acting as an entertaining and
enthusiastic handbook for parents to share with their kids. In writing this book, I think that Napoliello is able to share his knowledge of the artistic world, and especially encourage it among both children and adults within our modern-day society.
Adult Reader Reaction: The author is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic supporter of the arts, providing personal and professional research to support his premise about the impact of art on a child's life. Although the activities are for kids, the material itself is too technical for them.
Pros: The author's enthusiasm and expertise shine through in the book. He presents parents with a “How To” game plan for providing their children with interesting and exciting experiences in the arts.
Cons: The target readers are parents who are unfamiliar with art and painting. To that end, the author has included a comprehensive glossary for technical terms and vocabulary. It might have been helpful to the reader to define some of the technical terms in the body of the text or as footnotes to make the narrative flow more smoothly.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or Buy. It is a great resource for parents who want to help their children develop an interest in art but who, themselves, are intimidated by the works, artists, and formality of museums and galleries.
Educational Themes: Use this book to help kids appreciate the arts. It is full of relevant research and has tons of suggestions for accomplishing the goal of helping kids appreciate the arts, as well as become more complete, positive human beings.