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My Big Book of the World's Greatest Art by Louise Lockhart
This book is an art object all on its own. Louise Lockhart's 3 colour printing illustrations throughout are fun to explore - it's laid out a lot like an old Richard Scarry book - and the language is right on the mark for early grade learning about art history. We'll be sure to be using this book in many classes to come.
"From cave paintings to Banksy, this stylish, fun, and interactive book will teach kids about 10,000 years of art history.
This children’s book is the perfect stepping stone to a lifelong appreciation of art. Each major art period unfolds in a gently colored spread featuring famous artists and artworks while other spreads present specific scenes that incorporate similar details. In this book, kids will learn how the earliest artists mixed pigments; how ancient civilizations worshiped their gods; how religion drove artistic efforts in the middle ages; and scientific discoveries inspired Renaissance painters and sculptors. They’ll observe artists playing key roles in revolutions both historic and cultural and they’ll visit a modern museum to see what today’s artists are creating. Packed with endless possibilities for learning, this book offers kids a new way to engage with and understand the art they experience every day."