Category Archives: art

Into the Woods we go! Picture This 2015

This year’s Picture This program (an annual summer program on the art of children’s books) focuses on fairy tales. We began with Nick Sharratt’s The Foggy Foggy Forest, which allows children to guess what fairy tale characters are in the … Continue reading

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Tweet Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso Two of my favorite types of programs to offer at the library are science and art programs. Many times … Continue reading

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Review: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant My rating: 5 of 5 stars A completely wonderful book. Interestingly written, rhythmic text, detailed collage illustrations with vivid quotes from Pippin himself incorporated into the … Continue reading

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Review: The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel My rating: 5 of 5 stars This captivating picture book biography of Rousseau is illustrated in a style very reminiscent of Rosseau’s art work, with flat, bright colors and often lush, … Continue reading

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Magritte and the art of seeing

Magritte is one of my favorite artists. When I discovered D. B. Johnson’s new book on Magritte a few weeks ago, I was very excited. I remembered Johnson’s picture books about Henry David Thoreau — Henry Builds a Cabin and … Continue reading

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Hippopposites

A wonderfully designed board book by janik coat (appleseed books, 2011). A static red hippo illustrates basic and not-so-basic concepts in this large, sturdy board book: small/large, light/heavy, and one of my favorites: opaque/transparent. It’s also a touch and feel … Continue reading

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Summer Birds

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Holt, 2010. A teenage, female scientist from the 1600s? Really? The true story of Maria Merian, who lived in 17th century Germany. Apparently in the … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

This past weekend my children made valentines for their family. First I showed them the book trailer for Michael Hall’s My Heart is Like a Zoo (HarperCollins, 2010) -because the book itself is checked out right now, naturally! It’s a … Continue reading

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Keeping up with technology . . .

I don’t want the title of this post to sound misleading. I don’t know if it is actually possible to “keep up” with technology. I’m not offering a solution here. I don’t mean to sound defeatist; I just think we … Continue reading

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