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[teacherartexchange] Seen Art?


From: Sears, Ellen (ESears_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed May 11 2005 - 19:44:28 PDT

Funny book - just saw it tonight - listed elsewhere for ages 9-12.
"Seen Art"
by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)

From Booklist
Gr. 5-8. In November 2004, New York City's Museum of Modern Art reopened in
an expanded building. This offering celebrates the new digs and reviews some
of the museum's greatest hits. A squiggly haired chap on the streets of New
York searches for his friend, named Art. Instead, he is directed to the
museum, where he continues to ask for his pal, and museumgoers
enthusiastically show him favorite works from the collection. Finally, upon
leaving the galleries, the guy finds his friend waiting. The "who's on
first" joke makes a flimsy story at best. Also frustrating are the too-small
reproductions of the famous artworks that are incorporated into the collage
illustrations. What does come through in the irreverent text and the
illustrations is the message that art is made in many media and that it can
touch each person differently and profoundly. Not a necessary purchase, but
this whimsical title might make a good preface to a day at the museum for
elementary- and middle-school students. Planned notes about the included
artworks weren't available in galley. Gillian Engberg
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