Artful Reading

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Millbrook Press, Mar 1, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Bob Raczka has introduced countless children to the pleasures of looking at art. In this book, he adds a new element to the experience the joy of reading. You ll see all kinds of readers here, in works of art ranging in time from Antonello Da Messina s St. Jerome in His Study (1475) to Jacob Lawrence s The Library (1960), and ranging in style from Rossetti s The Day Dream to Picasso s Two Girls Reading. But no matter the era or the style, each and every painting tells a story about a reader. Art lovers and book lovers alike will enjoy this look at the fine art of reading.

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This book is great for encouraging reading and the appreciation of art. The author combines the love of reading with artist's and their art. The back of the book is filled with information about the ... Read full review

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Through 23 works of art, Raczka shows the timeless appeal of reading. The book begins with reading as a solitary occupation in August Macke's Man Reading in the Park (1914) and ends with the community of readers in Jacob Lawrence's The Library (1960)Artists include: August Macke, Charles Willson Peale, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Paul Ce´zanne, Johannes Vermeer, John-Honore´ Fragonard, Albrecht Du¨rer, E´douard Manet, Mary Cassatt, Antonello da Messina, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Quentin Massys, Edward Hopper, Milton Avery, Jean-Baptiste-Sime´on Chardin, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Carl Spitzweg, Pablo Picasso, Jacob Lawrence. 

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Bob Raczka lives with his wife, sons, daughter, and dog, Rufus, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He is the author of several children's books, but Guyku is his first with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Visit Bob at

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