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The accounts are fictionalized but the names, dates and places are real. The artworks are real. The art interpretations and commentary create an exciting overarching narrative that covers tens of thousands of years. This book has inspired in me a deeper interest in art history.
I also kinda want to move to Paris. Or maybe New York City. Or the next big art hub.
These stories brought to life the curiosities, motivations, ideals, etc. What will happen next? This book is ca The accounts are fictionalized but the names, dates and places are real. This book is called a "children's history of art" but I predict more parents than children will enjoy it.
May 15, Jessica rated it really liked it. This was our main art appreciation for the year. It is quite a gentle introduction to major visual artists and movements from prehistory to the present, with an example artwork alongside three pages of context. The context usually takes the form of fictonalized p. I would not at all call this an in-depth analysis, but it isn't meant to be. It aims to introduce kids to a sampling of artworks humans have PM read-aloud. It aims to introduce kids to a sampling of artworks humans have produced over time, and give them an introduction into the ways to view and give meaning to art.
This it did admirably. I also enjoy that the images chosen were often not the most famous works by an individual famous artist, sometimes referencing more famous works in the text only; to us this encouraged further curiosity and impulse to go look those up. My primary quibble with the book is the quality of the images reproduced, which often seemed fuzzy, making even photographs appearing 'painterly' to my eye. I do think my kids are likely on the older end of the age range for this book, but they still found it interesting enough. I'll be looking for something a little more complex next.
Jul 06, Christine Turner added it Shelves: Juv Bir "An enthralling journey through 40, years of art, from prehistoric cave paintings right up to the present day. Discover artists and their art around the world, in exciting and imaginative tales about artists and the way they created their work.
Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and illustrated by Kate Evans, the book also features reproductions of the famous artworks discussed, a comprehensive timeline of events, and extra feature spreads on places connected with Juv Bir "An enthralling journey through 40, years of art, from prehistoric cave paintings right up to the present day. Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and illustrated by Kate Evans, the book also features reproductions of the famous artworks discussed, a comprehensive timeline of events, and extra feature spreads on places connected with art.
Notes Michael Bird is a writer, art historian, and radio broadcaster. A Biography of Place and Time He has also published many essays and articles, and lectures widely. He currently holds a Goodison Fellowship at the British Library, where he is researching the oral history of modern British art. She has had exhibitions in Bristol, Bath, London, and Stockholm. Kate lives and works in Bristol. May 30, Mrs. Ruigrok rated it really liked it Shelves: This huge book takes you through the history of art.
It is a mix of nonfiction and then fictional stories. It has lovely illustrations and tells about the times and life of each artist. Jun 03, Trish rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a cool book about art. Sep 07, Karyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: A lovely narrative introducing children to the great artists. I absolutely loved this book!
Feb 01, Gennady rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 22, Maggie Ignasiak rated it it was amazing Shelves: Art as a children's history lesson and it's perfect.
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Jan 08, Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 18, Kris Springer rated it really liked it. Beautiful book full of meaningful works of art from many different world cultures and artists. The stories of the works of art and about the artists are included.
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I was on board for the trip t This book's plot is intriguing: I was on board for the trip to Scotland to reunite a magic sword and a stolen crown so that the spirits of a dead queen and her people can be freed. I was okay up until the fairies appeared. I have a personal aversion to fairies, so that was the element that dropped the book down to three stars. Magic swords and legendary crowns? Psychic children who magically become fluent in Gaelic? If you are okay with fairies, you'll probably like this book. It is well written, well plotted, and the characters are engaging.
The mother's anguish and despair when it seems she will not be able to protect her child are real and affecting. The child's frustration at her inability to make the grownups understand what she needs is also real.
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If it just weren't for those fairies. The plot was interesting enough. After the death of her husband, Rainey was forced to not only pick up the pieces of her and her daughter's lives, but deal with her daughter's failure to speak. However, it was incredibly tough to get through.
Even though the premise was interesting, the story just didn't grab me. I don't know what it is but I just did not like him. He struck me as a weirdo and a creep. I'm probably the only one that feels this Five Point Review: I'm probably the only one that feels this way but the whole "ye-wee-lass" bit got old rather quickly. Yes, I'm aware that half of the main cast was Scottish and we are dealing with Scottish folklore but seriously I wish the author would have explored that psycho doctor that wanted to get his hands on Sasha.
If anything, that was the only interesting part of this entire novel. Incredibly difficult to get through and rather boring for the most part. Language was annoying and the characters Wow, what an odd book. I don't even know where to begin. Rainey and her daughter Sasha, who has been mute since her father's death, have a lot of problems. The biggest being Sasha's behavior. Everything is spinning out of control. Then their dear neighbor Emma finds a linguist and they set off on a over the top fantasy expedition. I really liked all of the main characters expect Rainey.
Since she was the main character that was a bit of a problem but my goodness was she a negative whiner. Eve Wow, what an odd book. Eventually she got her life together, but I still wanted to slap her a ton.
Sasha was amazing, I could have read the book just for her. What a strong and unique little girl. Emma was hilarious, just the kind of woman I would love to be. I loved Matt, what a cool guy. What he saw in Rainey I couldn't figure out, but I guess he saw her for who she could be when she calmed down. All of the bad guys in this book were absolutely over the top bad.
It was a tad ridiculous to be honest. I think it needed dialed back. The old blind Macwhatever? May 26, Marti rated it really liked it Shelves: Rainey and Sasha have one true friend, their Scottish neighbor Emma. Feb 26, Kristi rated it really liked it. Beware if you are a friend who trusts my judgement that this book is really good, but the love scene is a little more elaborate than any other book I've read. I'm a good little girl, and I read good little books, and it wasn't necessarily offensive, but it was definitely more descriptive than any other book I've recommended.
I've stated my peace. I loved the idea of this book. I loved the characters. I loved the setting. I read it because it looked good, and I get a Beware if you are a friend who trusts my judgement that this book is really good, but the love scene is a little more elaborate than any other book I've read.
I read it because it looked good, and I get a free "borrow" from the Kindle Library every month on Amazon Prime and none of my "to read" list is in the free lenders library. I had nothing to go off of besides that and it's overall rating in Amazon. I had a hard time putting it down. Apr 16, Laura rated it liked it. I had this book in my house for the longest time and once i finally read it i was amazed. This book is un like any other. The young Girl Sasha who hasnt spoke since her father died then out of no where speaking but in a dead irish language was really intresting.
The reason why she acted out the way she did just to protect the acient fairies really surprised me. The last thing i would of expected an 8 year old girl to be doing. Overall this was a very intresting and unique book to read. I wanted to love it - for example, I really thought the folklore in this book was excellent! I must say I did enjoy Sasha's character very much - I thought she was written very well! However, there were a few happenings that just didn't sit with me. The romance didn't go over with me terribly well. Jul 14, Gail rated it liked it.
Though much could be done to improve this tale proofreading, more heat between the protagonists, better pacing, etc. This was a fun and easy read. All the experts are baffled. Matt's understanding of Sasha opens a door to her secret world. At last someone can communicate with her, but what he discovers is both exhilarating and terrifying Could a modern American girl really carry within her the soul of a long-ago Scottish princess? The Starry Child is a spellbinding adventure filled with the mystical power of Celtic legends and the lure of Highland heather.