Introducing children to masterpieces of art is very enjoyable using story books containing recreations from the experts.
Katie is the main character in a series of books by James Mayhew. In most books Katie visits an art museum with her grandmother. When grandma stops for a rest Katie explores the museum by stepping inside the paintings. In Katie Meets The Impressionists
she finds herself on stage with Edgar Degas' Blue Dancers, meets Jean, Claude Monet's son and is chased by a swarm of bees in a Field of Poppies. This series is wonderful for children PreK through about sixth grade.
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Anholt's Artists Books for Children) is one book in a series of four living art books. When Julie visits the garden of Monet, she meets him and tours the garden.
Come Look with Me: Enjoying Art with Children (Come Look with Me) (World of Art)
In this series of Art books for children, each page contains a new masterpiece with several questions designed to get children to look and think about the pictures. After reading and discussing the questions, there is a short paragraph with information on the artwork.
Cave Paintings to Picasso: The Inside Scoop on 50 Art Masterpieces is a favorite of mine. The book selects well known pieces of art and describes the people, works and circumstances surrounding their creation. Since we have completed in-depth history studies each of the past three years many of the works are familiar and this book both serves as an interesting review as it introduces new cultures.
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