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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (Aug. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761318321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761318323
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 0.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Kindergarten-Grade 5-Raczka introduces more than two dozen famous artworks from various time periods and mediums through quality photographs. His selections are as diverse as a Greek vase, a Bridget Riley Op Art painting, an African mask, a Romare Bearden collage, a Louis Comfort Tiffany lamp, and a Pablo Picasso sculpture, allowing children to compare and contrast these famous pieces and broaden their definition of art. While the text and concepts are appropriate for young children and new readers, the quality of the works depicted makes the book suitable for older readers as well. The eclectic collection is woven together with simple rhyming couplets: "Art is a wall" (Lascaux cave paintings), "Art is a frame holding nothing at all" (Eva Hesse's Hang Up), "Art is an island surrounded by pink" (Christo Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude de Guillebon's Surrounded Islands), "Art is how artists get you to think" (Auguste Rodin's The Thinker). Similar in format to Raczka's No One Saw: Ordinary Things through the Eyes of an Artist (Millbrook, 2002), this volume also contains endnotes giving brief facts about each work and/or the artist who created it. An interesting look at the forms art can take.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

About the Author

Bob Raczka lives with his wife, sons, daughter, and dog, Rufus, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He is the author of several children’s books, but Guyku is his first with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Visit Bob at

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The pictures in this book are very nice and the idea as well, but I expected to see more text.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa638b180) out of 5 stars Art is more than paintings. Teach your child! Jan. 21 2005
By Allison - Published on
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I have been looking for simple books to introduce my preschooler to Art (with a capital A). Most kids in preschool have plenty of opportunities to express their creativity in craft projects, but explaining "Art" to a child is daunting. This book is a fantastic starting point. It features brief, rhyming statements about what "Art is." Each page features a different form of visual art from sculpture to painting to textiles to folk art to architecture to monumental pieces. Styles range all over the map, and many examples are by well-known artists. They have chosen pieces that are eye-catching for a toddler or young child.

My son is 4 and actually resisted looking at the book at first because of the very "grown up" looking cover, but once he saw the first page with the op-art piece "Fall," he was hooked. This is a wonderful picture book, best read aloud by an enthusiastic parent or caregiver. I love that it shows a wide range of art forms. It can help expand a child's horizons and encourage exploration and creativity. In addition to being a good discussion starter, the book can be the basis for games like looking for art in the places you visit and in the books you read. Best of all, it's a lot of fun to read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa638b1d4) out of 5 stars Great for Elementary Art Teachers! Oct. 1 2014
By Carter Hoff - Published on
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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!
HASH(0xa638966c) out of 5 stars Open Up the Concept of Art May 4 2014
By Puzzlemaker - Published on
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I use this book because a friend/teacher of art integration recommended it. It is a great way to broaden the scope of what students consider Art to be. It helps them get away from the "art is a picture in the museum" idea. Not only that, it has some fascinating things in it. I recently saw another type (much thicker) in an art museum gift shop. I do like the size of this. I scanned it and made a power point out of it as I read it to my class. Very effective.
HASH(0xa638b5f4) out of 5 stars Great book for young and old Aug. 28 2013
By Ghannoushi - Published on
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This is a great book. In fact, alll of Bob Raczka's books are excellent! I wish he would put them into a single volume that could be ordered as a textbook for entry level art courses. They are aimed at children but older students with limited or no experience would benefit from these and a single volume would be fantastic!
HASH(0xa638b9a8) out of 5 stars Review on ART IS... April 2 2014
By Rebecca Hill - Published on
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After Raczka's book, "NO ONE SAW," I was excited to receive this book. I was somewhat disappointed with this one, however.