The Usborne Book of Famous Artists – Ruth Brocklehurst

Usborne Books never seem to disappoint.  Out daughter has many, and this new find is another winner.  I have been hunting for awhile for a good art book for our daughter.  The Mini Masters Series she enjoyed when she was younger is now too basic, and a lot of what I found was too much for a seven year old who is interested in art and enjoys going to exhibits with Mom and Dad.  The Usborne Book of Famous Artists is age appropriate and provides enough information to educate one about each featured artists but does not overwhelm.  This one is a winner!

Way Back Wednesday – Birthday Fun!

It happens to be my birthday today…In honor of the occasion, I wanted to feature one of my favorite books!

The Dot is perhaps my favorite picture book of all time. The Dot introduces us to Vashti a little girl who is not very eager about art class. Her art teacher encourages her to “make her mark”. With gentle guidance from her teacher, Vashti’s natural abilities as an artist as well as a teacher develop. Ultimately, the simple text and accessible pictures pull the reader into Vashti’s story. The profound impact of the words and actions of a teacher are highlighted and the power of enthusiasm and encouragement are reinforced.

10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know – Kari Kampakis

This book started as a blog post and received such a positive response that it has been expanded into book form.  It should be a must read for all tween/teen girls.  Kampakis provides so much good information.  The discussion questions at the end of each chapter are outstanding.  This text would be terrific for a mother/daughter book study.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Harper Collins Publishing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.