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RE: children's art history book


From: Kimberly Herbert (kimberly_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 04 2000 - 12:49:47 PDT

Sorry this took me a couple of days. I haven't been able to get into our
library to pull the books.

For a child that young I would start with Laurence Anholts' books about
different artists.

The DK Eyewitness Art books are good they break up the information into
small chucks flip through and stop when struck by the art. Read the
paragraph move on to something else. One warning these books may contain

Meet the Authors and Illustrators by Deborah Kovacs and James Preller can be
used with the artists' books.

The Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists series by Mike Venezia can
be shared as a read aloud (though not in one sitting probably) with a 1st

The What makes a ______ a ________ series from the Metropolitan Museum of
Art is set up in "chapters" about different works, a good one on one
sharing/read aloud.

Portraits of Women Artists for Children series by Robyn Montana Turner is
also available.

I personally find the text in the Art for Children by Ernest Rabott series
difficult to read, but it is also good.

Another series also called Art For Children published by Chelsea House has
detective adventure stories were the main character(s) (children)
investigate different artists in each book. For example two kids find a
painting stored in an attic. Is it a Van Gogh? The travel to view other art
work by the artist, compare those pieces to their piece. The do other kinds
of research. They are chapter books, and defiantly for the experienced
listener or at least 4th grade level reader.

Kimberly Herbert (
CAM Administrator
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum

-----Original Message-----
From: Litesal []
Sent: Sunday, October 01, 2000 4:07 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: children's art history book

During open house, I had a parent inquire about an art history book he could
buy for his son, a first grader. This book would be used by the father to
share with the son. Do any of you have recommendations I could share with
him? I'd appreciate books that you all have used, so that I'm sure they are

Thank you,

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