Friday, August 29, 2008

Museum 1 2 3 and Museum Shapes

Welcome to Art Book Friday! I’ve already told you about a great board book that uses art to teach colors. Today I want to share two picture books with you: one that teaches numbers and one that teaches shapes.

Museum 1 2 3 was created by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The reader looks at a painting and then counts how many of a particular item are shown. “How many red buses rush through busy city streets,” the book asks. When you turn the page, you find the answer is 3. The book illustrates each number (from 1 to 10) with 5 paintings.

Museum Shapes, also created by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is set up the same way. Shapes range from common circles to crescents and arches. There are 10 shapes in all, each illustrated by 5 paintings.

I love these books because the paintings shown are not always familiar ones. You will find Vincent van Gogh and Edgar Degas but you will also find many artists you’ve never heard of before. Also, the art comes from all time periods and from all over the world.

These are both great read alouds for young children.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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