This is a delightful children’s book about elements of art: line, shape and color. There is a tour at the Meadows Museum called, “Learning to Look,” for Grades 1-5. Identifying basic elements of art is part of it, so when I saw this book in Brainpickings, I checked it out of the library. It’s so on-point that I had to have my own copy. Maybe I’ll ask to add it to the docents’ library.
I’m dreaming of creating a combination of story hour and art tour, but our time is limited to an hour & the kids need to do most of the talking so it could be tricky.
Here’s the beginning of the book:
“I see lines and shapes and colors everywhere around me…When you put them together they make a picture. Some pictures make me laugh out loud; other made me want to cry. Some pictures are as exciting as a ride on a roller coaster. Others make me feel as quiet as falling snow. That’s because the lines and shapes and colors in them are arranged in different ways.”
3 comments on “Do You See What I See? by Helen Borten”
Oh! And I just love the cover. Definitely sounds like a book that belongs in your docents’ library. Anything that supports children talking about and experiencing art is so vital.
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Yes, the illustrations are Borten’s, too.
Brainpickings is such a wonderful resource for children’s books. I am not by nature tuned into the details of what I see. I’m in my head a lot. I bet I’d get some good tips from Do You See What I See! I love your idea of combining a story with an art tour. If there’s not enough time for a story, maybe you could try a poem.
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