Ronda has trouble posting so I'm sending this information about art
children's books to the list for her.
On Feb 26, 2008, at 4:11 AM, Ralph & Ronda Sternhagen wrote:
> I have tried several times to post this to teacherartexchange, but
> it never works so I am sending directly to you.
> Two of my favorite books with an art twist for older elementary and
> some middle school-aged students are "Chasing Vermeer" and "The
> Wright 3" by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist.
> Scholastic.com says...
> "Chasing Vermeer:---When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings
> Petra Andalee and Calder Philp together, strange things start to
> happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect, and eccentric old woman
> seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears.
> Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an
> international art scandal, where no one---neighbors, parents,
> teachers---is spared from suspicion. As Petra and Calder are drawn
> clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth, they must draw on their
> powers of intuition, their problem solving skills, and their
> knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has left even
> the FBI baffled?
> "The Wright 3"---Spring semester at the Lab School in Hyde Park
> finds Petra and Calder drawn into another mystery when
> unexplainable accidents and ghostly happenings throw a spotlight on
> Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and it's up to the two junior
> sleuths to piece together the clues. Stir in the return of Calder's
> friend Tommy (which creates a tense triangle), H. G. Well's "The
> Invisible Man," 3D pentominoes, and the hunt for a coded message
> left behind by Wright, and the kids become tangled in a dangerous
> web in which life and art intermingle with death, deception, and
> Ronda Sternhagen