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Review of I SPY SHAPES IN ART by Lucy Micklehwait

by Julie Brinker

Micklethwait, Lucy. 2004. I SPY SHAPES IN ART. New York: Greenwillow, HarperCollins. ISBN 0060731931

Fourteen shapes are explored through artworks in this book for very young children. Most are modern, some are abstract, but all are interesting and appropriate choices. Some of the shapes are complex for the intended age group--oval, diamond, cylinder, cube--but the art is well chosen to provide challenge without undue frustration. The artwork, by fourteen different great artists ranging from Winslow Homer to David Hockney, is interesting in itself, and all are less well-known works. The I Spy game format lends itself to deeper discussions of the elements of art, well beyond the "I like it/I don't" response.

Full art credits and copyright permissions are included. The August 1, 2004 BOOKLIST review concludes, "A handsome offering with appeal to a wide age group."


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