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Imagine: The Girl in the Painting: Stories Of Girls in Art

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Imagine: The Girl in the Painting: Stories Of Girls in Art

There's nothing more exciting than having kids tap into their creative minds to weave their own stories. IMAGINE offers them the chance to explore not only some of the great works of art by American artists, but their own ideas about the story the artist is wanting to tell us. From Winslow Homer's "Two Girls Looking at a Book" to Norman Rockwell's "Girl at Mirror," the illustrations provide endless possibilities for sharing their thoughts and emotions as they view the paintings --- and opening the door to a wealth of discussion by putting themselves into the painting and letting their imaginations fly.

For example, one lovely painting by Luther Van Gorder entitled "Japanese Lanterns" portrays two small girls admiring the wonders of paper lanterns being hung in the garden. Their parents are preparing for a party in the year 1895, and the girls are all dressed up to attend this "grown-up" event. The magical glow of light and the curious smiles of the girls create a joyful picture that makes us recall our own happy discoveries. Can you remember being amazed by something as magical as a Japanese lantern? Feeling the tingle of anticipation before a family party?

Each work of art is accompanied by a brief essay that sets the stage for viewing the art, and asks questions to start kids on the path to seeing deeper within themselves. Short biographies on each artist are included in the back. An added bonus --- the cover is designed in the form of a picture frame, allowing the reader to insert their favorite reproduction of some of these paintings from a packet that's included with the book. IMAGINE: THE GIRL IN THE PAINTING is a wonderful way for parents and kids to share the beauty of art and the fun of storytelling together!

Reviewed by Ann L. Bruns on September 1, 2002

Imagine: The Girl in the Painting: Stories Of Girls in Art
edited by Pleasant Company

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2002
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: American Girl
  • ISBN-10: 1584855789
  • ISBN-13: 9781584855781