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MAY-JUN 2007

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R e s o u r c e Children's Book Briefs Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs. Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2005. Illus., hardcover, 12 pp., $26.99. Filled with information about more than fifty dinosaurs, this book's design carries on the tradition of master pop-up artists Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. Each of the six spreads contains a very large pop-up that leaps from its background. There are also several small pop-up scenes that supply most of the information, including appropriate names and other facts about dinosaurs. Each three-dimensional illustration is so dramatic and so cleverly engineered that it is sure to enhance scientific learning and excite the aesthetic spirit. Art teachers will find this work a challenging and imaginative resource. Clopton (c. 1600, Robert Peake) that has been delivered to the human inhabitants of the house where they nest. The mice carefully examine the postcard and discover pattern, shape, line, and color, and they are inspired to create artwork in marker and colored paper collage. The mice have an impressive art collection in their house featuring mouse versions of Henri Matisse, Josef Albers, and Auguste Rodin. A one-sentence biography of each artist is included. The reader is then instructed in how to create and address a homemade postcard emblazoned with a self-portrait, and an illustrated glossary provides a clear explanation of the art elements described in the text. The narrative emphasizes the importance of looking closely and exploring details in a work of art. While looking closely at art may not directly improve standardized test scores, Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and Linda Friedlaender suggest that looking closely at paintings improves the observational skills needed for success in every academic subject. —Reviewed by Martha Savage, an art teacher at Thomas Edison Middle School in Meriden, Connecticut. Bookmarks —Reviewed by Ken Marantz, professor emeritus of art education at Ohio State University. Look! Look! Look! Nancy Elizabeth Wallace with Linda Friedlaender. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Children, 2006. Illus., hardcover, 40 pp., $16.95. Three artistically inclined mice intercept a postcard portrait of Lady 48 SchoolArts May/June 2007 Crafts from Papier-Mâché. Violaine Lamérand. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 2003. Illus., hardcover, 32 pp., $17.95. Simple to read, step-by-step instructions promote the creative possibilities of papier-mâché. Colorful photographs effectively illustrate both the creative process and com- C e n t e r pleted projects. A dozen activities are presented as irresistible crafts. Many are functional, such as maracas, a snowman bank, ornaments, and pencil holders. Simple historical facts about this tried and true craft method are included to provide insight that is interesting to readers of all ages. This format is especially inviting for elementary teachers and their students. —Reviewed by Rebecca Martin, a museum educator at the Sid Richardson Collection in Fort Worth, Texas. Acrylic Workbook: A Complete Course in 10 Lessons. Jenny Rodwell. Cincinnati, OH: David & Charles Ltd., 2006. Illus., spiralbound, 128 pp., $19.99. Acrylic Workbook: A Complete Course in 10 Lessons is a comprehensive and well-illustrated reference for anyone interested in exploring acrylic painting methods. This spiral-bound text will lay flat for optimal studio use. Jenny Rodwell's introduction and wideranging materials section will help the new painter make sense of the multitude of options available at the paint supply store. Each lesson incorporates the basics of painting and elements of design while maintaining the artist's interest. With a format that lends itself to independent study, Acrylic Workbook: A Complete Course in 10 Lessons is an ideal reference text for highschool art classrooms. —Reviewed by Susan Detering, a graduate art education student at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

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