Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Books That Will Get Kids Interested in Modern Art

Time for a picture book about feelings and artwork ... with a sense of humor?  Why yes!  Nothing sappy here.  This book is filled with fabulous contemporary art pieces, a way to name kid's feelings and some humor to keep them coming back for more.

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Title:     There Are No Animals in This Book (Only Feelings)

Author:  Chani Sanchez

Target:   Preschool - Grade 2

What this book is about: 
This book is about putting words and visuals to feelings.  However, much to the chagrin of the author, animals keep making their way on to the pages.  She finally lets them in, because animals have feelings too.  The problem - now they have to change the name of the book!

Why I love this book: 
Ok, true confession time.  I love modern art.  If I had unlimited funds my walls would be filled with amazing artwork.  I also love exposing my kids to art.  When we were in NYC last summer, one of our best days was trip to MOMA  where the kids got completely caught up in works which challenged them intellectually and visually.  One of the reasons they were so open to MOMA is that I have exposed them to art throughout their lives - see what a good mother I am, and modest too!

Now what does this have to do with our book at hand?   Well I am so glad you asked (lets pretend you asked.)  Besides being just a fun story, the book also selects famous works of modern art to illustrate each animal and feeling in the story.  They are fun, vibrant and engaging pieces that will make your kids stop and notice.  In the back of the book there are short descriptions of each work which will increase your understanding of the picture and the artist - although the descriptions are above the level of a child.

Who this book is for: 
Great book to get kids in touch with their feelings and give them words to express them while making them laugh.  Exposing them to great art just makes this the trifacto of kids books.

Final thoughts: 
Kids can enjoy art when presented in an engaging way.  Get them cultured with this fun story.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: There Are No Animals in This Book (Only Feelings)  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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