Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? More than 100 works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art fill the pages of this chunky book. The book begins by talking about the term “art,” the various media used to create art, and an explanation of how the works are arranged in the book. The introduction concludes: “Within these pages, we hope you find art that you (Heart)!” The art is arranged into ten themes: Play, Sports, Music, Singing and Dancing, Reading, Writing and Drawing, Animals, Family, Locomotion, the country, and the city. Each section includes an introductory verse such as this for Animals: “Who doesn’t (heart) animals?/Grazing deer and growling tigers,/Leaping fish and splashing frogs,/Barking dogs and scrambling cats,/ There are so many animals in the world!” The pages include examples of art through the ages, from around the world and in various media. Each section is also color-coded on the edge of the pages. The text for each piece of art includes the title, the year, the artist, the artist’s nationality and/or birthplace, the type of media, the donor, if known, and the year the museum acquired the piece. An index is also included. The small size and die-cut heart on the cover will catch the reader’s attention. This is a beautiful book to share with children interested in art or planning a trip to an art museum.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a wonderful book to use to introduce young children to the world of art. This would be especially useful when planning a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary and middle school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Juv. Non-fiction 709.747
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you love art.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 1/10/19