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Myths & Legends and Grisly & Gruesome.

Myths & Legends and Grisly & Gruesome. Anne Civardi and Ruth Thomson. Mankato, MN: The Creative Co. (Chrysalis Education), 2003. Illus., hardcover, 32 pp., $16.95 each.

The Discovering Painting Series is produced in association with London's National Gallery. Designed for upper-elementary/middle school students, these books are crammed with challenging questions, fine-art reproductions, and inviting page layouts. Each of six paintings is presented with four sorts of information and questions: Look Closer; Take Action; Read About; and Look Further. And finally, there are suggestions for Things to Do relating to each of the paintings.

Although these books can serve individual readers well, moving them deeper into art appreciation, they may also serve teachers in helping them design more profound curriculum concepts. This series is a very valuable resource.

The conversations in this book contain bits of information about the artist and more about six frequently reproduced paintings. The commentary on the images helps us question the nature of painting and the contents of "Henri Rousscau's world." Flatly painted illustrations of the penguin reporter and the human characters and settings make a good contrast with the well-reproduced paintings, and also provide a touch of humor. Elementary age youngsters should be attracted to this approach to looking more closely at pictures.
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Author:Marantz, Ken
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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