I received a fabulous book, A Child’s Book of Art, at one of my baby showers before my daughter was born, almost 2 years ago. It’s a big beautiful picture book that unfortunately didn’t fit upright in the bookcase in the nursery. So it sat…flat and forgotten…under a basket filled with wooden rattles, shape sorters and random stuffed animals that Miss Busy-Bee frequented…a lot. This past weekend, when we discovered this basket could actually come out of the bookcase, there it was. This eye-catching book with “BABIES” on the front.
I was embarassed that I had not introduced this crucial-to-my-child’s-development element already. Although until now, she was really too young to understand it (and wasn’t ready to leaf through books that weren’t of the board variety). Now, though, she has a huge vocabulary, is talking up a storm and identifying everything in her path. Serendipitous? Maybe – but it’ll keep her busy for 4, maybe 5 minutes! I immediately opened it and enthusiastically introduced this treasure to my young soon-to-be art appreciator.
Why get so excited, you ask? This book is amazing! It identifies a child’s first words, by category, which in its own right is nothing special – lots of children’s books are set up this way. In this book, though, each word is associated with a specific detail from famous paintings by famous artists.
From Colors, Shapes and Opposites to Family, Emotions, Weather and Transportation, works from the world’s gallery of art are available to explore in a single place – ready for little eyes to discover.
Between Van Gogh’s vision of a bedroom and Degas’ bathroom – the perspective of these common rooms can be so incredibly different, depending on the artistic hands that created them.
I highly recommend this book as a gift. Whether you give it to someone else or buy one for yourself (I mean your children), this is a great introduction to art for kids. For parents reading over their shoulders, too. It’s never too late to learn about and appreciate the world of art!
As Lucy Micklethwait, the creator of the collection, says: “By opening our children’s eyes to art, we can help them understand the world in which they live and the people with whom they share it.”
I, for one, am eager to help open at least one youngster’s eyes! Thank you Linda !
Filed under: Uncategorized on July 31st, 2009