As an Elementary Art Teacher (K-5) this is one of my go-to books every year. It is simple and can be tailored to many different lesson plans and intents. I use it at the beginning of the year as a general introduction and overview about all the things that "art is." The language is very simple, so don't expect to find a lot of content. Pages read as such: "Art is lines." "Art is shapes." "Art is a face made with apples and grapes." Each page features one "Art is" sentence and one picture of art from around the world and in a variety of styles and mediums. I spend more time focusing on some pages than others. Personally I enjoy the simplicity because I can extend it as much as I'd like, or zip through it in less than 5 minutes. When you're working within a 45 minute period and with a variety of ages it's nice to have a book I can use with multiple classes/grades and adapt to the content I want to focus on.
I use the book like this: I have my classes sit on the carpet and I read through it. I stop and ask questions along the way. With Jasper Johns' work, Zero Through Nine, I ask students to raise their hand if they see a hidden number and talk about how art relates to all the other subjects - even math! With Pablo Picasso's work, Bull's Head, I explain that art can be made out of ANYTHING - even an old bicycle and that you don't have to have fancy paints at home to make art. etc. etc. etc. With my 3-5 grade students I have them create a list of "art is" statements and put them up on the wall to reinforce reading/writing concepts. All around, I think this is a great book for classroom use. It has big, bright pictures and simple sentences (one of each per page). Each work is also labeled with a full caption including artist's name, title, date, and location. There are 3 pages of notes in the back that add an extra tid-bit of info for each work.
A simple read with big pictures - I love it!