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An ABC of What Art Can Be
Contributor(s): McArthur, Meher, Watson, Esther Pearl (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 089236999X     ISBN-13: 9780892369997
Publisher: J Paul Getty Museum Pubns
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2010

Annotation: Rhyming text introduces 26 artistic concepts, one for each letter of the alphabet.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Art; Juvenile literature.
Alphabet books; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Art & Architecture
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
Dewey: 700
LCCN: 2009015387
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 5.50" H x 11.25" W x 0.50" (0.60 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Meher McArthur is a Los Angeles-based freelance author and educator who has curated exhibitions of Asian art for more than ten years. Her books include Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols and The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles. Esther Pearl Watson's paintings have been widely exhibited, most recently at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Kansas City Museum. She has also lectured extensively and created popular cartoon works, such as Unlovable.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
This alphabet book pairs letters with an artist's tool or material, media or technique, or something more abstract (e.g., Q for question). The rhyming text is dull ("B is for BRUSH, / used to paint or to write / On a wall or a page / or a canvas of white"), but the doodles and splotches of color are eye-catching. Fifteen project ideas are included. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 March #2)

This short, superwide ABC book is a tribute to artists and their media, with a plainspoken rhyme for each letter: "C's for computer./ If there's one in your house,/ it can help you make art—/ with the click of a mouse!" Watson's collages integrate the letters into the scenes, while echoing the free-spirited sentiments. An orange, scrap paper "J" stands for "Junk/ which we think of as trash./ It's used to make art/ without costing much cash." A closing section includes suggestions for making art projects like a popsicle stick picture frame and creating paintbrushes from leaves or grass. A fun, gifty book for aspiring artists. Ages 4–up. (Apr.)

[Page 55]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 June)

Gr 2–5—This lighthearted artist's alphabet finds inspiration from many forms. For example, "D" appears as chalk on a blackboard paired with the words, "Make DRAWINGS/with pencils or crayons/or chalk—/on paper on cardboard…/or on the sidewalk." Each page is unique in the color and style choices enriching the text and is unified by the collage style used throughout. Tools and terms vary from "hieroglyphs" to "kiln" to "X-hibition," reflecting the world of art rather than one specific area. A few pages of ideas are included to encourage kids to observe and create, such as a suggestion to visit the Getty's Web site. Watson's fun-loving illustrations are a good match for McArthur's rhyming text. An enjoyable alphabet for young artists.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO

[Page 89]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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