One thing I have noticed working in a library is that the children always rush to the Non Fiction area, and I think there is something wonderful about that. It is like they have a thirst for knowledge even though they don’t realise just what they are going to be gaining from reading or looking through these books. The Story of Paintings: A History of Art for Children is recommended for children over the age of 7, but this book can be also be used in so many ways for children even younger.
The Story of Paintings: A History of Art for Children by Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom.
Published by Hachette Australia
Date: 12 September 2017
This book by by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom has a beautiful selection of art, information about the artists , and their paintings. These range from Cave paintings, self portraits and contemporary art with both familiar and non familiar paintings and artists.
The interactive nature of the book encourages the children to find things in each painting and is something you can easily do with your 3-5 year old. Even though it is recommended for older children I think it would make a great resource in a kindergarten class and beyond. At each different grade, the book can be used and inspiration gained from it in different ways, for example: younger children may find the different items throughout the pages but a child heading into high school might examine the images more closely to learn more about technique and paint choices.
The large pages enable the reader to really enjoy taking their time looking at each image. You are able to look at each piece of art in depth and appreciate all the work that has gone into it. The book gives the reader more insight into paintings and the ability to think and talk about each one with others.
Overall, this book would remain interesting to your child for many years. Insight will be gained into how paints and dyes have changed over the course of time and how artistic experimentation is keeping art fresh and exciting. People of all ages will be inspired by these artists, their stories, and their paintings.
Thank you Hachette Australiafor the opportunity to read and review this book.