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AUG-SEP 2010

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REsouRCE CEnTER Books, Videos, and Websites Children's Book Briefs Cindy Hasio The New 50 Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth. Sophie Jauna. River- side, NJ: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2009. Illus., softcover, 208 pp., $12.99. This delightful and insightful book is easy to read and helps readers find ways to conserve the earth. Packed with interesting facts, this book asks fun questions for the young reader to answer at the end of each chapter. This book covers everything from wasting energy, to air pollution, to water pollution, to making your own compost and being involved in the community. References such as websites and online videos are listed throughout, and a section at the end of each chapter called "Amaze Your Friends," allows readers of all levels to share their knowledge with others and challenge themselves to explore conservation on their own. also referred to as charaben. Inside are colorful and impressive photographs of how individuals in Japan create charaben by adding intricate details to food and create faces with cut ham, whiskers out of seaweed, and highlight the eyes of characters with cut cheese. Along with each picture, there is information about the artist who created it, and interviews that reveal how they got started in creating these wonderful bento box decorations. From cute animals, to Japanese anime characters, to landscapes and backgrounds, these artists show great devotion towards making these bento boxes for their children. This book can be used as a great multicultural reference tool in teaching students about bento box art. Cindy Hasio is a Ph.D. student in Art Education at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Bookmarks Cindy Hasio Beadwork: A World Guide. Caroline Crabtree and Pam Stallebrass. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2009. Illus., softcover, 208 pp., $34.95. Face Food: The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes. Christopher D. Salyers. New York, NY: Mark Batty Publisher, 2008. Illus., hardcover, 80 pp., $12.95. This book shows the master artistry of Japanese character bento boxes, 54 August/September 2010 SchoolArts Beautiful colorful photographs decorate each page of this book, which features beadwork from five continents: Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Each example of beadwork outlines the historical and cultural terrain in which it was created and examines the art in detail. The book describes the expressive, festive, spiritual, and traditional use of beadwork for each international community; the descriptions illustrate the unique styles and show their cultural significance. Included at the end of the book are chapters describing the construction and techniques of beadwork, from knitting and crochet to herringbone weave and three-dimensional structures. This book is recommended for upper-level students and educators. Spirit of Color: A Sensory Meditation Guide to Creative Expression. Con- nie Smith Siegel. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2008. Illus., softcover, 176 pp., $24.95. Author and talented artist Connie Smith Siegal explores the experiential significance of color and how it is used in art. Siegal describes the healing and meditative approaches to using color. Throughout the book there are conceptual aspects of color expression to help readers develop personal meaning through the use of color harmonies. Siegel also explores the theory of color and the power of contrast of hue in bringing emotional significance to a work of art. She explains the elemental qualities of color that are represented through earth, fire, water, and air. This book includes diverse examples of color usage from many great artists such as van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Kandinsky. Examples of Siegel's beautiful landscapes, along with other current artist's expressive observations of color are found throughout this book in vibrant highquality images. Cindy Hasio is a Ph.D. student in Art Education at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

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