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Children’s Book Briefs York City holding onto a balloon
up, recycling, and grade differences.
and lands in Central Park. There he
This author also gives insight on how
meets a little girl beside an apple tree. to encourage creativity in children
Unlike other apple trees, this one has and help them become individual
apples in all the primary colors. The
problem-solvers. It is a very detailed
boy and girl pick up fallen red, yellow, resource and guide book that can
and blue apples and toss them into the help art teachers integrate ideas into
sky. More balloons float across the
park and the two children are lifted
into the air. As they float across the
their lessons while aligning them
with National Standards. This book is
recommended for elementary level to
Harvesting Dreams: Hundertwasser
city, they see big changes in famous
for Kids. Barbara Stieff. New York,
buildings. The Empire State Building
NY: Prestel Publishing USA, 2008.
Illus., hardcover, 96 pp., $19.95.
Harvesting Dreams belongs in every
elementary artroom and library. The
charming full-color book, translated
from German, introduces readers to
has absorbed the colors of the red and
blue apples to become a purple build-
ing, while the Chrysler Building has
become orange as a result of the red
and yellow apples.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser and how the primary and secondary colors. The
he sought to protect nature through
his art. Each of the ninety-six pages
colors are combined, a secondary color Oil: Creative Techniques. Josep
is filled with photographs of the art-
is the result. A list of secondary colors Asuncion, Michael Brunelle, Beatriz
ist taken at various times in his life,
and how they are created is also cited. Cortabarria, and Gemma Guasch.
as well as images of his artwork,
Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educa-
including drawings, paintings, and
—Pam Stephens is associate professor of
tional Series, Inc., 2008. Illus., hard-
architecture. Activities guide readers
education at Northern Arizona University cover, 144 pp., $24.99.
in Flagstaff, Arizona.
to consider Hundertwasser’s philoso-
Oil: Creative Techniques describes
phy of life and approach to making
fourteen different techniques for
art. For example, when the idea of
approaching oil painting. Each page
spirals is presented, readers are asked
has color photographs that describe
to contemplate where spirals can be
how color, strokes, and blending are
found in the world around them. This
book will encourage children to look
The Art Teacher’s Survival Guide
applied to art. Techniques include
around them and see their world with for Elementary and Middle Schools,
texturizing, glazing, mixing, mod-new eyes. Children and adults will
Second Edition. Helen D. Hume. San eling, mixed media, impasto, and
Fransisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
gesture painting. The book also has
read this book again and again.
Illus., softcover, 494 pp., $34.95.
examples of various artists and styles
including that of Georgia O’Keeffe,
This book has more than 125 student Paul Cézanne, and Paul Signac. There
projects that K– 8 art teachers can
use for their lessons. The chapters
describe the historical, cultural, mul-
ticultural, and pedagogical aspects of
teaching. From tips on photograph-
ing art to creating pop-up books, this
are also examples that show different
stages in painting with oil from start
to finish. The book gives information
and resources about using oil paints,
brushes, varnishes, thinners, and
applicators. Included at the end of the
book provides resources that are com- book is a glossary of terms and con-
Painting the Town. Denise Min-
prehensive and practical in different
cepts. Recommended for upper-level
nerly. Glenview, IL: Crystal Produc- media, including technology. Each
students and educators.
tions, 2008. Illus., hardcover, 32 pp., lesson gives a description of prepara-
tion, interdisciplinary connections,
—Cindy Hasio is a Ph.D student in art
directions, and alternative projects.
education at the University of North Texas
in Denton, Texas.
This imaginative story begins with
There are tips on how to adapt for spe-
a young boy who floats across New
cial needs students, safety, cleaning