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African-American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Authored By: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Gwen Everett and Brian Froud)

Published: September 2003

The Smithsonian has assembled a collection of paintings, photographs, and sculpture by twentieth century artists like Sargent Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, James Porter, William H. Johnson, Betye Saar, Mel Edwards, Renee Stout, Horace Pippin, Purvis Young, and more. Full page reproductions are accompanied by brief descriptions.

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Subject: The Arts

Ah, Music

Authored By: Aliki

Published: April 2003

This picture book examines the elements of music: sound, rhythm, melody, pitch and tone, volume, and emotion. It introduces the instruments used to make music and the people who write it and play it. You will also learn some of its history and diversity.

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Subject: The Arts

Altered Book Collage

Authored By: Barbara Matthiessen

Published: April 2005

Altered books feature covers and pages that are collages. This introduction to book altering gives the basics, suggests supplies, provides general instructions, explains techniques for decoration, lists 101 ways to alter a book, and provides full color photographs of the techniques being used in different projects.

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Subject: The Arts

Ansel Adams: America's Photographer

Authored By: Beverly Gherman

Published: September 2002

Ansel Adam's black and white photographs are a national treasure. This biography examines his life and career, including his early musical training and ambitions, and is profusely illustrated with artifacts, personal photos, and a selection of his landscapes, such as Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico and Oak Tree, Snowstorm, Yosemite. The book includes a large notes section.

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Subject: The Arts

Architecture of Happiness, The

Authored By: Alain de Botton

Published: October 2006

The author argues that we are influenced by the buildings we inhabit. He describes what virtues a building should have and provides illustrations of those that possess them and those that do not. This essay on the philosophy and psychology of architecture features many black and white photos.

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Art Attack: A Short Cultural History of the Avant-Garde

Authored By: Marc Aronson

Published: April 1998

Students in grades 11th grade and up can follow the avant-garde movement from mid-19th century Paris to the present "post-avant-garde age." Included is an annotated combination of notes and further readings.

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Subject: The Arts

Art Auction Mystery

Authored By: Anna Nilsen

Published: October 2005

This engaging book introduces students to 30 artists in an activity requiring them to determine which paintings being offered at auction are forgeries. Sixteen of 34 are fakes. The book opens with information about the forgers and a methodology for analyzing the paintings. Split pages help art detectives compare original works and those on the block.

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ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present, 2nd Edition

Authored By: Robert Atkins

Published: August 1997

This guide to the terminology of art includes a graphic timeline of art movements and a timeline of art in historical context. Examples are in full-color. Each term entry has a description; often a black and white example; and who, when, where, and what of the movement or style. Cross references are CAPITALIZED in the text.

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Babar's Museum of Art: (Closed Mondays)

Authored By: Laurent De Brunhoff

Published: September 2003

Flying in their balloon, Babar and Celeste notice that the train station in Celesteville is no longer used. Celeste suggests they turn it into an art museum and fill it with all the art they have collected. On opening day, the citizens view the art. Each piece is an elephant-filled imitation of a familiar work by Goya, Rousseau, Cassatt, Pollock and others. An elephantine poster is included.

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Berenice Abbott, Photographer: An Independent Vision

Authored By: George Sullivan

Published: June 2006

Abbott was one of the first established women photographers. In addition, she was a teacher, writer, inventor, and photo archivist. Her photographs of the building boom in New York City of the 20s and 30s documented the disappearance of many 19th century buildings. This biography features many full-page reproductions of her most famous photographs.

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Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy, The

Authored By: Margaret Morgan

Published: March 2006

Learn the tools and techniques of illumination with this spiral-bound, beautifully illustrated guide. Chapters cover the equipment and methods; describe preparations, including layout, transfer, and color; and provide complete model alphabets: Celtic, Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and contemporary.

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Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life, and Beyond: From Production to Produsage

Authored By: Axel Bruns

Published: February 2008

Produsage is peer production, the collaborative and continuous building and extending of content. The author analyzes produsage sites like Wikipedia, Flickr, YouTube, and Second Life, and explores the intellectual, technological, and social implications of produsage. A chapter addresses educating produsers.

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Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera: Behind the Scenes With Composers, Cast, and Crew

Authored By: Anne Siberell

Published: October 2001

Opera combines instrumental and vocal music, theater, and dance. This primer for young music students explores opera's beginnings, its elements, the stage and its parts, and the behind the curtain technicians who help make it happen. Along the way, readers will discover plenty of entertaining tidbits such as spectacular accidents and special desserts created for divas. The book includes glossary, plot summaries for 27 operas, and suggestions for further reading.

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Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of Jose Robles, The

Authored By: Stephen Koch

Published: June 2005

When they left for Spain in 1937, Hemingway and Dos Passos were still friends, though Hemingway's jealousy was already undermining their relationship. Temperamentally very different, their experiences in Spain led them in different political directions. Their friendship did not survive the Civil War. The split changed their lives and writing, and the author argues the course of American Literature.

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Brothers of Knight

Authored By: Debbie Allen and Kadir Nelson

Published: October 1999

Inspired by a Kennedy Center performance, this adaptation of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" takes place in Harlem, where Reverend Knight can't understand why his twelve sons' high top sneakers are so worn out. His housekeeper attempts to solve the mystery and the story ends in a lively celebration of reconciliation.

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Brundibar

Authored By: Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak

Published: November 2003

Aninku and Pepicek need milk for their sick mother, but have no money to pay for it. Brundibar, the hurdy-gurdy man, makes money singing in the town square so they set out to do the same, but Brundibar is a great bully and is not about to share the generosity of the townspeople with the desperate children. Talking animals and school children provide a solution. Brundibar is based on an opera performed by children in a Nazi concentration camp.

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Can You Find It Inside?: Search and Discover for Young Art Lovers

Authored By: Jessica Schulte

Published: October 2005

Thirteen paintings contain 70 objects. Can you find them all? Each full-page color reproduction is accompanied by rhyming clues for items and a list of additional things to find. The book concludes with a section with information on each painting. Most of the paintings are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection.

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Can You Find It?

Authored By: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Published: November 2002

The Metropolitan Museum of Art staff has compiled 19 paintings for a scavenger hunt spanning thousands of years, from Ancient Egypt tomb art to 20th century super-realism. Each painting is accompanied by a list of color-coded items to search for. All the answers are provided in a final section. This book is perfect way to encourage the active looking necessary for art appreciation. Perfect, too, for field trip preparation.

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Cat Who Walked Across France, The

Authored By: Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben

Published: March 2004

When the old woman he lives with dies, a cat is shipped with the woman's belongings from the warm south of France. In the cold dreary north, no one scratches his ears or strokes his back, so the cat begins a journey across France to the house by the sea where he was happy. Hallensleben's evocative illustrations echo familiar artworks. A map on the back cover helps identify the location of the pictures.

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Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name

Authored By: Tedd Arnold

Published: July 2004

This version of a familiar camp song will inspire even the most reluctant singers. With Catalina's endless name as a refrain and her comical attributes - big feet, rubbery limbs, and "two holes in the bottom of her nose, one for fingers and one for toes," all will be amused. Arnold's illustrations provide comic perspective.

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Cave Paintings to Picasso: The Inside Scoop on 50 Art Masterpieces

Authored By: Henry Sayre

Published: October 2004

The earliest work in this introductory art history is a head of a woman carved from the tusk of a wooly mammoth around 22,000 B.C. The book includes 49 other works from around the world and spanning recorded history. Each is described. Artist information is provided. A timeline runs down the outside edge of the pages locating each in time. The book features color photos, many full-page. A glossary is included.

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Child's Book of Art: Discover Great Paintings, A

Authored By: Lucy Micklethwait

Published: May 1999

This beautiful book will help children ages 4 to 8 appreciate classic art. Superb, full color photographs and thought-provoking questions will teach children to view art with a critical eye and to make sense of what they see.

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Chinese Brush Painting Step by Step

Authored By: Kwan Jung

Published: January 2003

The introduction to this guide presents the basic concepts, principles, and elements and describes the required tools for brush painting. Three remaining sections illustrate brush painting techniques, discuss the creation of mood and effect, and feature a gallery of Kwan Jung's art.

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Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso

Authored By: Susanna Reich

Published: April 1999

Clara Schuman, who made her professional debut in 1828 when she was nine and played her last concert shortly before she died at 76, was the wife of Robert Schumann, mother of eight, friend of Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Brahms, and composed over fifty of her own works. For readers 9-12, this biography includes passages from her diaries and letters and portraits and photographs.

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Crafts to Make in the Summer

Authored By: Kathy Ross and Vicky Enright

Published: April 1999

Ross and Enright continue their seasonal series on crafts with a delightful book for aspiring artists ages 5-8. The simple, summery activities include float toys, model lighthouses, and bubble machines.

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Creating Clever Castles & Cars: From Boxes and Other Stuff

Authored By: Mari Rutz Mitchell and Michael P. Kline

Published: March 2006

Kids already know what to do with big cardboard boxes, but this construction guide will give them even more ideas: a house with many rooms, a milk jug igloo, a beaver lodge, a bathtub submarine, a general store, circus tent, and more - 41 projects in all. Activities are rated for difficulty. The introduction includes building tips and lists supplies and accessories. Appendices suggest web resources and groups projects by challenge level.

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Crocodile Smile Book and CD

Authored By: Sarah Weeks and Lois Ehlert

Published: October 2003

The songs contained in this collection are sung by a marmoset, giant panda, Komodo dragon, and other creatures. Some of the songs have obvious messages such as the Egret's "I Am Not a Hat." Others combine humor and the debunking of erroneous beastly beliefs. This reissue includes a CD, which will help readers learn to pronounce animal names like "muriqui."

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DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics, The

Authored By: Dennis O'Neil

Published: May 2001

After a start at Marvel Comics under Stan Lee, the author has been a Batman editor and writer for more than twenty years. His introduction to the art of comic book writing examines the elements of story development and genres of graphic storytelling. Two appendices provide an introduction to humor writing and an annotated bibliography of books on the craft of storytelling. The book features many striking examples of comic book art and excerpts of scripts.

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Deep Down in Music: The Art of the Great Jazz Bassists

Authored By: Leslie Gourse

Published: August 1998

Do your high school students love jazz but don't know much about its history? Look no further. This volume explores both the development of bass instruments as they relate to a variety of jazz genres—big-band, swing, free jazz and acoustic jazz—in addition to providing bios on well-known and lesser known bass performers. Students will discover a clearly written introduction to the importance and influence of an often-ignored group of musical instruments and figures.

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Dictionary of Dance, A

Authored By: Liz Murphy

Published: August 2007

From arabesque to zones, dance terms are defined in words and pictures. Each term includes a pronunciation guide, definition, and illustration.

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Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido D'Arezzo

Authored By: Susan Roth

Published: January 2007

A thousand years ago songs had to be memorized and passed on or they were lost. Guido of Arezzo thought there had to be a better way. This picture book follows Guido as he struggles to devise a logical system of musical notation.

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Dog Train: A Wild Ride on the Rock-and-Roll Side

Authored By: Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford

Published: November 2005

The authors have created sixteen new songs for kids. The book contains music and lyrics, as well as Boynton's familiar eccentric animals. The accompanying CD features an eclectic mix of performers: the Spin Doctors, Blues Travelers, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, the Bacon Brothers, Micky Hart, Alison Krauss, Weird Al, and more.

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Dollmaking for the First Time

Authored By: Miriam Gourley

Published: November 2004

Aspiring dollmakers will find all they need to get started in this well illustrated book. The author describes the basics, techniques, and in a final section, special techniques with nine projects. She describes how to make cloth dolls, wooden dolls, paddle dolls, clothespin dolls, and more. Photos make the processes easier to understand.

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Dot, The

Authored By: Peter H. Reynolds

Published: October 2003

Vashti doesn't believe she can draw. When her art teacher says to "make a mark and where it leads," Vashti makes a dot. With encouragement from her teacher, Vashti creates more dots, and in doing so explores color, technique, and size.

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Draw 3-D: A Step-By-Step Guide to Perspective Drawing

Authored By: Doug DuBosque

Published: October 1999

Linear perspective, a technique developed during the Renaissance, helps create depth, or the third dimension in drawings. This book for aspiring artists 9-12 teaches the basics, a step at a time. All you need is a pencil, straightedge, T-square and triangle, eraser, and patience. Even the author admits he messes up, even after years of experience.

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Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes

Authored By: Rob Alexander and Martin McKenna

Published: June 2006

If you watch fantasy or futuristic movies and wish you could create similar cityscapes and landscapes, this book will get you started. The first section discusses the basics of art, pencil to digital. The next two sections address the elements of landscape and the process of creating fantasy realms. The last section is a gallery of finished images with commentary. All sections are filled with examples of initial sketches to finished work.

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Drawing Lessons from a Bear

Authored By: David M. McPhail

Published: April 2000

A bear tells how he became an artist, emphasizing the value of persistence, practice, and artistic principles. Aspiring artists 4-8 will get valuable tips in shading, perspective, and detail from the end papers.

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Ellington Was Not a Street

Authored By: Ntozake Shange and Kadir Nelson

Published: January 2004

Shange's 1983 evocative poem is accompanied by striking illustrations celebrating a young girl's memories of important African American musicians and thinkers who visited her father's house. The refrain: "It hasn't always been this way," hints that the passage of time doesn't guarantee progress.

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Frida

Authored By: Jonah Winter and Ana Juan

Published: February 2002

When she was seven, Frida Kahlo caught polio. When she was eighteen, she was terribly injured in a bus accident. Her art helped her survive both trials. This picture book features dream-like illustrations influenced by the same Mexican folk art that shaped Kahlo's paintings. An author's note provides additional information about Kahlo's life.

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Getting to Know You!: Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites

Authored By: Richard Rodgers, Oscar II Hammerstein, and Rosemary Wells

Published: October 2002

With her usual humor, Wells illustrates sixteen of the best known songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals: Oklahoma, The King and I, South Pacific, and Carousel. The songs are grouped in three sections, roughly corresponding to morning, day, and night. An enclosed songbook contains the music and complete lyrics.

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Great Art Scandal: Solve the Crime, Save the Show!, The

Authored By: Anna Nilsen

Published: September 2003

The City Gallery of Modern Art faces ruin unless someone can detect the bogus painting in a collection of 32 about to go on exhibition. All the paintings are inspired by some of the greats: Warhol, van Gogh, Pollock, Bellamy, and others. To further complicate the situation, each painting has more than one influence. Kids learn about the artists' lives, paintings, and techniques to recognize influences and expose the fraudulent painting and save the show. A glossary of art terms is provided. The center section of the book has a split format that permits easy comparison of paintings. Answers appear at the end.

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Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon

Authored By: Gijs van Hensbergen

Published: November 2004

On April 26, 1937, the Basque town of Gernika was firebombed by German and Italian planes. Pablo Picasso's monumental painting (30 square meters) "Guernica" was a powerful indictment of the bombing of innocent civilians. This book traces the painting from its conception to its return to Spain after Franco's death.

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Happy Feet: The Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and Me

Authored By: Richard Michelson and E. B. Lewis

Published: November 2005

The Savoy Ballroom opened in Harlem in 1926. The narrator of this picture book was born the night the ballroom opened and dreams of seeing his name "Happy Feet" on the marquee. For now he works in his father's shoeshine shop and listens to the stories of once well-known African American dance greats like Leroy "Stretch" Jones, "Long-legged George" Grenidge, and Big Bea.

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Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles

Authored By: Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey

Published: March 2006

Emerick had been working as an assistant engineer on Beatles recording sessions since he was fifteen when George Martin asked him if he wanted the full engineer's job. He was nineteen. He nervously agreed and promptly went to work on the album that would be released as Revolver. From his description of that session in April 1966 to the last, Emerick provides an inside view of the band and the technical innovation that created the sound.

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How to Draw Manga

Authored By: Katy Coope

Published: July 2002

If you want to cartoon, start now. The author of this book is seventeen. Her concise guide to drawing in the style of Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Speed Racer, and Dragonball Z provides the basics for beginning artists. It shows how to use geometric shapes; illustrates steps in creating faces, expressions, bodies, and finishing touches; and finally tells what equipment and supplies you'll need.

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How to Read a Painting: Lessons from the Old Masters

Authored By: Patrick De Rynck

Published: December 2004

This sampling of exemplary Western art spans five centuries, 1300 to 1500, and comprises 180 paintings. The author explains the Christian and Classical traditions demonstrated in this period of European painting. Each entry is a two-page spread including explanatory text and enlarged details. An index lets readers search by name, theme, motif, and concept.

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How to Talk to Children about Art

Authored By: Francoise Barbe-Gall

Published: November 2005

Art teachers and parents who want to share their interest in art with young children will find this guide useful. The book is color-coded for three age groups: 5-7, 8-10, and 11-13. The information is presented in question and answer format. The first sections address art and children and the basics of museums and paintings. The bulk of the book is devoted to a close examination of 30 paintings from the Renaissance to Graffiti Art.

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I Hear America Singing: Folksongs for American Families

Authored By: Kathleen Krull and Allen Garns

Published: May 2003

This collection contains 62 folk songs from every region of the country. You will find work songs, spirituals, protest songs, and songs just for fun. One index separates the songs into 23 types, including animal songs, ballads and story songs, and blues. Each comes with sheet music and its complete lyrics. A CD with 23 of the songs is included.

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Imagine a Night

Authored By: Sarah Thomson and Rob Gonsalves

Published: June 2003

Imagine a night. If Thomson's invitation doesn't immediately give you a chill, it will on your second reading. Embark on adventures stretching the limits of reality. Gonsalves is a painter of trompe l'oeil murals, murals so realistic they trick the eye. Be prepared for visual surprises. You might be reminded of Chris Van Allsburg, M.C. Escher, and Guy Billout.

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Isms: Understanding Art: Understanding Art

Authored By: Stephen Little

Published: November 2004

This is a guide to many of the terms used to pigeonhole art. It isn't exhaustive, as the author cautions, but it will help you understand what is meant by 58 "isms" from the Renaissance to the Post-Modern. For example, the entry on Pre-Rafaelitism describes the ism, lists key artists, provides key identifiers, features a key work and cites other notables, and relates Pre-Rafaelitism to similar and antithetical isms. This concise book also has a glossary and timetable.

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Leonardo's Horse

Authored By: Jean Fritz and Hudson Talbott

Published: October 2001

This is the biography of a dream, the dream of a magnificent bronze statue of a horse first conceived by Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance and finally cast and recast by Americans Charles Dent and Nina Akamu. The book includes history and discussions of the process and problems associated with casting a twenty-four foot horse.

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Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer

Authored By: Antonino D'Ambrosio

Published: November 2004

You can't have a revolution without songs. This is the title of one section in this collection of articles, interviews, essays, and reviews covering the life and music of Joe Strummer, lead singer of the Clash. Music and politics for Strummer were inseparable. He admired the political stances of Chilean Victor Jara and Brazilian Caetano Veloso. In the 1970s when he was a London busker, or street performer, Strummer wore a checked shirt and called himself Woody in honor of another hero, Woody Guthrie. You can expect some raw language.

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Life and Death of Classical Music: Featuring the 100 Best and 20 Worst Recordings Ever Made, The

Authored By: Norman Lebrecht

Published: April 2007

Fans of classical music and devotees of clear-eyed and sharp-tongued industry gossip will enjoy this opinionated look at the recording industry. Part One peers, cheers, and sneers at the great instrumentalists, conductors, and studio moguls. Part Two describes the author's pick of the top 100 classical recordings of all time. Part Three excoriates the 20 worst.

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Look Closer: Art Masterpieces through the Ages

Authored By: Caroline Desnoettes

Published: October 2006

Take a closer look at 18 famous paintings spanning seven centuries. Each double page spread presents a painting and details. Lift the detail flap and read facts and questions that direct viewing. The book ends with a timeline and more information about each painter and painting.

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Look: Zoom in on Art

Authored By: Gillian Wolfe

Published: October 2002

The author presents eighteen paintings from different countries and different periods to teach us how to look at art. Each painting is introduced with suggestions about observing specific details. Details are enlarged and discussed. At the end of the book, a section provides thumbnails and additional information on the artists.

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Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album, A

Authored By: Ashley Kahn

Published: October 2002

During Coltrane's last concert with the Miles Davis band in Paris, his innovative solos met with catcalls and whistles from fans who thought he didn't know what he was doing. Frank Tenot, an impresario who knew better, met him backstage and said "You're too new for the people. You go too far." Coltrane reportedly smiled and replied "I don't go far enough." This book focuses on one of the most important albums in jazz A Love Supreme recorded two years before Coltrane's death at 41. The book is filled with photos, memorabilia, and the memories of friends and jazz greats.

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M Is for Music

Authored By: Kathleen Krull and Stacy Innerst

Published: September 2003

Music, musicians, instruments, dances, and composers fill this magical musical ABC. Musical Notes furnish more details.

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Make Your Own Inuksuk

Authored By: Mary Wallace

Published: March 2001

For thousands of years, the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic have built Inuksuk, piles of stones sometimes taking the shape of a human figure. The purpose of each Inuksuk varied. They could mark a cache of food or a good place to fish or a safe trail. This book shows how to build an Inuksuk and discusses its use and significance to the Inuit.

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Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels

Authored By: Scott McCloud

Published: September 2006

Aspiring comic artists will find this comprehensive how-to in graphic form an excellent primer. McCloud explains and illustrates aspects of the art and writing involved and ends each chapter with optional exercises. He examines tools, techniques, technology, genres, and markets. He includes the Web address for an online extension of his chapter on tools, techniques, and technology

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Media Literacy in Schools: Practice, Production and Progression

Authored By: Andrew Burn and James Durran

Published: June 2007

The authors have written this book for secondary English, Media, and ICT teachers who want to develop practical media work and media literacy across the curriculum. They show how digital media work can be produced in schools, drawing on children's own knowledge. The book includes a CD-ROM of student work from case study projects presented.

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Michelangelo

Authored By: Diane Stanley

Published: August 2000

This beautifully illustrated biography for readers 9-12 presents the life of the quarrelsome Michelangelo from his early success with the Pieta (completed when he was twenty-five) to the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter's Cathedral, a monumental tomb for Pope Julius, which occupied Michelangelo for forty years. Stanley's paintings incorporate photographs of his sculpture.

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Mole Music

Authored By: David McPhail

Published: February 1999

This tale is a super way to get your students excited about both music and reading. Mole becomes bored watching TV every night so he decides to learn to play the violin. After much practice and frustration, Mole ultimately becomes an extremely talented violinist and realizes that his music not only affects himself in a positive way, but those around him as well.

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Music in Derrick's Heart, The

Authored By: Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert and Colin Bootman

Published: March 2000

Derrick wants to learn how to play the harmonica, and all summer long Uncle Booker T. shows him, reminding Derrick that "music is something you've got to feel in your heart." When fall's chill aggravates arthritis in Uncle Booker T.'s hands, Derrick knows what will help him feel better. This moving tale of a young boy's desire to learn and an older man's pleasure in teaching is for children 4-8.

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My Name is Georgia: A Portrait

Authored By: Jeanette Winter

Published: October 1998

This is a beautiful picture book tracing the life and work of artist Georgia O'Keefe. Children age 4-8 will love the colorful pictures while learning about O'Keefe's unique character.

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New York Times Essential Library: Classical Music: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings, The

Authored By: Allan Kozinn

Published: August 2004

Classical music fans, especially those interested in collecting special recordings, will find Kozinn's guide a useful resource. The book gleans 100 recordings from 900 years of music, and as the author states in his preface, there are decades that could have yielded 100 entries. The text provides information about the pieces, composers, performers, performances, and the recording process. An appendix lists 100 more recordings "you should own, or at least know about." Compulsive collectors beware.

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No One Saw: Ordinary Things Through the Eyes of an Artist

Authored By: Bob Raczka

Published: March 2002

Representative paintings by sixteen artists from Degas to Warhol are featured in this rhyming picture book. Each painter saw some aspect of the world, dancers or soup cans for example, in a way no one had before. The book includes a list of the paintings and biographical notes.

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Oye, Celia!: A Song for Celia Cruz

Authored By: Katie Sciurba and Edel Rodriguez

Published: March 2007

Celia Cruz was the Queen of Salsa. This poem celebrates the passion of Cruz’s music and the Cuban experience. Rodriquez’s illustrations capture the dynamism of the music. A glossary of Spanish words is included.

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Subject: The Arts

Paul Cezanne: A Painter's Journey

Authored By: Robert Burleigh

Published: March 2006

Pablo Picasso called Cezanne "the father of us all." Although considered one of the world's finest artists today, Cezanne struggled with indifference, misunderstanding, and hostility, painting nearly every day of his life. Burleigh provides many full-color examples of Cezanne's work and insightful commentary.

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Subject: The Arts

Pencil Box: A Treasury of Time-Tested Drawing Techniques and Advice, The

Authored By: Editors of Artist Magazine and North Light Books

Published: March 2006

This introduction to drawing opens with a section on materials and techniques, then takes up landscapes and portraits and figures. The book ends with a section devoted to colored pencils and mixed media. You will find many illustrations, some providing step-by-step views, and sidebars with additional tips.

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Subject: The Arts

Philadelphia Chickens

Authored By: Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford

Published: October 2002

If you love to sing and laugh, Boynton and Ford have written and collected twenty hilarious songs in this illustrated imaginary musical review. The book supplies sheet music, lyrics, and a CD with 48 minutes of performances by the Bacon Brothers, Patti LuPone, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and more. And if you want to dance like the chickens, you will find a step chart.

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Subject: The Arts

Picasso's War: The Destruction of Guernica and the Masterpiece That Changed the World

Authored By: Russell Martin

Published: October 2002

In 1937, the Germans bombed Guernica, a Basque town in Spain. This was the first time a purely civilian population was targeted in an aerial bombardment. Pablo Picasso responded by creating a huge painting in black and white. He considered his painting an instrument of war. Martin examines the event, the artist's response, and the travels of the painting before its return to Post-Franco Spain in 1981.

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Subject: The Arts

Play, Mozart, Play!

Authored By: Peter Sis

Published: May 2006

Mozart lived music all his life. This brief, beautifully illustrated biography gives young readers a look at the world and imagination of a little boy who was always practicing.

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Subject: The Arts

Playing with Trains: A Passion beyond Scale

Authored By: Sam Posey

Published: September 2004

Yes, this is the same Sam Posey who raced cars for twenty years. Model trains have fascinated him since was six. Posey set out to build an HO-scale set up for his son that took sixteen years to complete. If this sounds excessive, wait until you meet some of the folks Posey finds in his quest to understand what drives the top modelers.

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Subject: The Arts

Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina

Authored By: David Hajdu

Published: June 2001

Both group portrait and history of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s, Hajdu's book chronicles the complicated relationships of four influential young people. Along the way, you'll run into Pete Seeger; Thomas Pynchon; John Lennon; Judy Collins; Dave Von Ronk; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and others. This backstage account is based on hundreds of interviews.

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Subject: The Arts

Round Book: Rounds Kids Love to Sing, The

Authored By: Margaret Read MacDonald and Winifred Jaeger

Published: August 1999

This book for all ages is a collection of eighty rounds, lyrics and music, about friendship, nature, giving thanks, music, silliness, and jokes. Also included are notes for performing each song, a brief history of the round, suggestions for round leaders, and a bibliography of more rounds for the avid singer.

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Subject: The Arts

Second Act Trouble: Behind the Scenes at Broadway's Big Musical Bombs

Authored By: Steven Suskin

Published: January 2006

What's more interesting than a Broadway Musical hit? How about a musical disaster? Suskin has gathered 25 first-hand accounts of productions that went bad from the 30s through the 90s. These weren't garage musicals either. They all featured the right talent, badly. The book features playbills, memorabilia, and many photos.

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Subject: The Arts

Seurat and La Grande Jatte: Connecting the Dots

Authored By: Robert Burleigh

Published: May 2004

Seurat's painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is huge: 7 feet high by 10 feet wide. This book looks at the artist, the setting, and the painting, examining details of the painting, some containing surprises, and describing Seurat's dot technique. It includes a timeline, author's note, and glossary.

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Subject: The Arts

Sonata for Jukebox: Pop Music, Memory, and the Imagined Life

Authored By: Geoffrey O'Brien

Published: March 2004

It's the same old song - Or is it? Music fills most of our lives. How important it is in defining who we are becomes obvious during generational tiffs that usually include the phrase "your music." The author examines his own relationship to music and meditates on the ways music becomes a gateway to the inner self. The book includes an appendix, a jukebox of the mind, with 150 songs spanning 1928 to 1982.

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Subject: The Arts

Stan Getz: Nobody Else but Me

Authored By: Dave Gelly

Published: November 2002

Jazz is the American music, yet it isn't widely appreciated at home. Stan Getz helped bring jazz into the American mainstream during the early 1960s with what became the Bossa Nova craze, but Getz had already been playing for decades and would continue until his death in 1991. This biography examines the difficult life of one of jazz's distinctive tenor sax men.

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Subject: The Arts

Stolen Smile, The

Authored By: J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley

Published: August 2004

In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian patriot, stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. He waited until the furor died down before taking da Vinci's masterpiece back to his homeland. Much to his disgust, his greeting by the Italian authorities was not what he expected. Accompanied by illustrations that will suggest other familiar works of art, this tale is told from Perrugia's point of view.

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Subject: The Arts

Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence

Authored By: John Duggleby, Jacob Lawrence

Published: October 1998

Not only do you get a wonderful picture book filled with Jacob Lawrence's vivid paintings, but you also get a glimpse into the captivating tale of his life. This rich story gives students a look back into the 20th century. They will witness Lawrence's experience in the great migration North, his growing up in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance and then as he rises to become one of the most renowned painters of African-American life.

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Subject: The Arts

Surreal Lives : The Surrealists 1917-1945

Authored By: Ruth Brandon

Published: September 1999

This thoughtful, comprehensive study of the surrealist art movement helps readers understand that surrealism was a movement which encompassed literature and filmmaking as well as the fine arts, and that far from being a unified movement, surrealism was a diverse outgrowth of many different artists. Brandon shows how the cultural, political, and personal characteristics of the movement's key figures helped define surrealism.

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Subject: The Arts

Teen Knitting Club: Chill Out and Knit Some Cool Stuff

Authored By: Jennifer Wenger, Carol Abrams, and Maureen Lasher

Published: August 2004

If you want to learn how to knit, this introduction gives you the basics and 35 easy patterns designed for teens. The first section covers materials and tools, stitches and techniques, and the top ten knitting problems. Knitting projects include scarves, hats, bags, ponchos, tank tops and shells, sweaters, blankets, and projects that can be done in a day.

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Subject: The Arts

That Summer

Authored By: Tony Johnston and Barry Moser

Published: May 2002

That summer started as summers do with lots plans and lots of time, but then Joey got sick. Told from his brother's point of view, this picture book shows how Joey's brother and his family cope with their inevitable loss. Johnston's sensitive poetry shuns platitudes in surprising ways. Moser's illustrations resemble the black and white photos you would expect to find in a family album. Although marketed to younger readers, this book could be used at any level.

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Subject: The Arts

Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare's Characters, A

Authored By: Robert Thomas Fallon

Published: March 2004

Shakespeare created more than eight hundred characters in his thirty-eight plays. Fallon chose sixty of them to compile a who's who of those most likely to be encountered today. And not all are familiar major players like Kate, Juliet, and Prospero. Readers can reacquaint themselves with important if peripheral figures like Bottom, Jaques, and Sir Toby Belch. Each character is related to the play and other characters.

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Subject: The Arts

This Land Is Your Land

Authored By: Kathy Jakobsen

Published: September 1998

Singing one of America's most beloved songs has never been so much fun! Readers in grades 3-6 will discover the history behind "This Land is Your Land," in full color and with complete lyrics.

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Subject: The Arts

Toulouse-Lautrec: The Moulin Rouge and the City of Light

Authored By: Robert Burleigh

Published: March 2005

In the last fifteen years of his life, Toulouse-Lautrec completed over 725 oil paintings, 276 watercolors, more than 325 prints and posters, and 5,000 drawings. Burleigh has focused on Toulouse-Lautrec's depiction of Paris nightlife and his poster art. The book features contemporary photographs, some of his drawing and paintings, and full-page reproductions of his advertising posters.

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Subject: The Arts

Treasury of Children's Songs: Forty Favorites to Sing and Play, A

Authored By: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Published: October 2003

This collection pairs 40 classic children's songs from America, Britain, and Europe with art/paintings, textiles, and prints from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Music lovers will find work songs, play songs nursery and nonsense rhymes and ballads. Music and lyrics are included.

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Subject: The Arts

Twelve Hats for Lena: A Book of Months

Authored By: Karen Katz

Published: September 2002

Young artists can make a hat for every month just as Lena does in this festival of the seasons and imagination. The author provides a final page of instructions for making a simple hat pattern and several variations.

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Subject: The Arts

Two of Us: The Story of a Father, a Son, and the Beatles

Authored By: Peter Smith

Published: February 2004

The author describes how he and his seven-year-old son, Sam, reconnect with their shared passion for the Beatles. When Sam writes to Paul and gets an answer, it's hard to tell who is most impressed, son or father. A high point is a two week summer trip to England for a Beatles tour.

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Subject: The Arts

Uncle Andy's: A Faabbulous Visit with Andy Warhol

Authored By: James Warhola

Published: April 2003

Warhola recounts his visit to his famous uncle in New York City in 1962, the year Andy Warhol had his first solo exhibition and displayed art fashioned from commercial images: Campbell's soup cans. This is a fun look at the creative process and reveals how creativity can be a family trait. Warhola's illustrations are as filled with wonderful details as his father's junk yard and uncle's apartment were filled with objects.

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Subject: The Arts

Unlikely Pairs: Fun with Famous Works of Art

Authored By: Bob Raczka

Published: June 2005

Museum collections display the logic of a cataloger. This book has the logic of a cartoonist. Raczka has collected 26 works of art to create thirteen unexpected pairs, for example: a sculpture of an archer by Bourdelles beside a painting of a target by Johns. Besides injecting humor, the pairs will get you thinking about the art of storytelling.

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Subject: The Arts

Vincent's Colors

Authored By: Vincent van Gogh

Published: September 2005

Full page, full color details from sixteen van Gogh paintings collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art are accompanied by quotes about color from Vincent's letters to his brother Theo. An appendix provides a thumbnail of the complete paintings and information about its dimensions, location, and which letter has been quoted.

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Subject: The Arts

Violet's Music

Authored By: Angela Johnson and Laura Huliska-Beith

Published: April 2004

Just hours after she was born, Violet shook her rattle in the hospital nursery hoping to inspire other babies to join in. When none did, Violet rattled alone. Violet's passion is music. She plays alone for years waiting for someone to join in, until one day in the park she meets some like minded souls.

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Subject: The Arts

Visual Story, Second Edition: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media, The

Authored By: Bruce Block

Published: November 2007

The author examines the relationship between story/script structure and visual structure in film, video, animation, or video games. Understanding visual structure facilitates the communication of mood and emotion. Chapters cover contrast and affinity, space, line and shape, tone, color, movement, and rhythm.

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Subject: The Arts

Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights, The

Authored By: Russell Freedman

Published: May 2004

Marian Anderson pursued a musical career at a time when she could still be denied the right to perform in certain halls because she was an African American. Barred from constitution hall, she gave a free Easter concert at the Lincoln Memorial, setting a precedent that helped to end segregation in the arts. This biography features many photographs and a discography of recent CD releases.

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Subject: The Arts

Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of African American Artists

Authored By: Tonya Bolden

Published: February 2004

The lives and work of thirty-two painters, sculptors, and photographers are examined in this look at African American artists. Portraits of the men and women and examples of their art are featured. Many are full page. Also included is a glossary of art terms.

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Subject: The Arts

What Presidents Are Made Of

Authored By: Hanoch Piven

Published: July 2004

Piven has created seventeen presidential caricatures with objects linked to each president. Carter's commitment to helping the disadvantaged is shown by perching him on a roof top with carpentry tools. His face includes a peanut nose, ladder mouth, and heart-shaped eyes cut from American flags. Nixon's head is a tape recorder and his mouth an ear.

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Subject: The Arts

When Pigasso Met Mootisse

Authored By: Nina Laden

Published: August 1998

Laden's hilarious portrayal of modern art greats Picasso and Matisse is sure to be an excellent lesson in art history. Students will also learn a moral lesson as rival artists Pigasso and Mootise realize friendship, not competition, is what truly matters. This book serves as a wonderful tribute to these exceptional talents and to the concept of accepting the ideas of others.

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Subject: The Arts

William Shakespeare & the Globe

Authored By: Aliki

Published: May 1999

Readers take a tour of Shakespeare's life and times, through the crowded streets of 16th century London to the boisterous Globe Theater where his work flourished. Then they follow Shakespeare's legacy to the present day and learn, step-by-step, how the Globe Theater has been reconstructed. Quotes from the plays are sprinkled throughout the book, bringing Shakespeare's voice to life, and full color illustrations add engaging, intricate details. This will be a wonderful starting point for students to learn about the bard and his work. This book is a 1999 Parent's Choice Gold Award winner for children aged 9-12.

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Subject: The Arts

World that Loved Books, The

Authored By: Stephen Parlato

Published: July 2004

Once there was a world in which all creatures loved to read so much that a man reading a book about flowers became flowers and a horse reading about snakes and lizards became snakes and lizards. Parlato has created strange and wonderful collage portraits in the manner of 16th century Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo. This would be a good starter for a unit on collage or portraiture.

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Subject: The Arts

Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel: Everything You Need to Know to Create Great Graphic Works

Authored By: Mike Chinn

Published: August 2004

Chinn defines the graphic novel and then presents the basics in creating one. Sections cover the elements of the novel, observation, writing, illustrating, and getting published. The book features the work of many artists. He includes a bibliography of print and web resources as well.

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Subject: The Arts

Yellow House: Vincent van Gogh & Paul Gauguin Side by Side, The

Authored By: Susan Goldman Rubin and Jos. A. Smith

Published: September 2001

In 1888, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin lived and painted together in a yellow house in Arles, in the south of France. Temperamentally very different, their planned year of painting together lasted only two months, but those two months profoundly influenced both. This picture book combines biography, art history, artistic analysis, fine illustration, and good storytelling. It would make a perfect introduction to an art unit.

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Subject: The Arts

Yoko's Paper Cranes

Authored By: Rosemary Wells

Published: October 2001

Yoko's grandmother feeds the cranes that visit the pond in her garden. Her grandfather teaches her how to fold paper cranes and other animals. When Yoko and her parents move from Japan to California, she misses her grandparents. As her grandmother's birthday approaches, she decides to send paper cranes. This is a striking introduction to origami. Wells includes directions for folding a crane, though a beginner might find them difficult to follow.

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Subject: The Arts