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Contributor(s): Raczka, Bob

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ISBN: 1580138802     ISBN-13: 9781580138802
Publisher: Millbrook Pr
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2009


Bob Raczka has introduced countless children to the pleasures of looking at art. In this book, he adds a new element to the experience–the joy of reading. You’ll see all kinds of readers here, in works of art ranging in time from Antonello Da Messina’s St. Jerome in His Study (1475) to Jacob Lawrence’s The Library (1960), and ranging in style from Rossetti’s The Day Dream to Picasso’s Two Girls Reading. But no matter the era or the style, each and every painting tells a story about a reader. Art lovers and book lovers alike will enjoy this look at the fine art of reading.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Reading in art; Juvenile literature.
Painting, Modern; Juvenile literature.
Reading in art.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Art | Painting
Dewey: 700/.557
LCCN: 2006035083
Lexile Measure: 40
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Bob Raczka's Art Adventures
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 7.75" W x 0.25" (0.30 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 October)

Gr 1–4— Through 23 works of art, Raczka shows the timeless appeal of reading. The book begins with reading as a solitary occupation in August Macke's Man Reading in the Park (1914) and ends with the community of readers in Jacob Lawrence's The Library (1960). Simple sentences serve as captions to these masterpieces: "Read to discover what something means./Read to escape to a place you can dream." Pages are bordered with triple deckle edges in white, cream, and mahogany with beautifully reproduced images of young and old readers dominating them. Each work is clearly labeled, and endnotes provide information about the artists and their paintings, among them Edgar Degas and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The selections send the clear message that reading has engrossed humankind for centuries-the oldest painting is Antonello da Messina's St. Jerome in His Study (ca. 1475). Raczka encourages children to "Read all the words you can possibly hold," while cleverly allowing them to discover for themselves the stories these paintings tell. This eye-catching collection is a welcome addition.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

[Page 139]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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