Tuesday, May 31, 2011

M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet {GIVEAWAY}

For Day 3 of our anniversary bash, I am excited to give away a copy of M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet by David Domeniconi.

Quite honestly, I am delighted by this entire series of alphabet books published by Sleeping Bear Press. But M is for Masterpiece is one of my favorites because of the subject matter. This beautiful book is dedicated completely to art. From "C is for Color" to "P is for Picasso," each page includes amazing artwork, a short poetic description, and a more detailed account that includes historical facts, biographical data, or information on how the subject is related to (or used in) art.

Parents looking for something to keep their kids busy this summer will find this book to be helpful. It would serve well as a spine for studying art or art history. (I think it would also be perfect for homeschoolers studying art during the school year.) You can take it slow by focusing on one letter every few days and then using them as a springboard, exploring the subject more in-depth online or at your local library. Lots of art activities can be incorporated to allow your child to study each letter subject in a more hands-on manner.

In fact, Sleeping Bear Press also offers an excellent Teacher's Guide for this book, which allows the student to discover and explore - among other things -the different forms of art. This guide is really helpful to parents/teachers.

And I like how the book encourages children to think globally because of the diversity of artists that are mentioned within the pages: Rembrant, the Yoruba, Frida Kahlo, Monet, and the Navajo are just a few of those featured. I think it is important for our children to see different parts of the world as they are reflected/painted by the artists. And it is also good to see how so many different styles can all be beautiful.

One lucky reader will win a copy of this excellent book.

To enter, simply leave a comment below.

The deadline to enter is 11:59 EST, Sunday, June5th. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. and contacted via email - so be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment!

And to increase your chances of winning, you can:

1.) Blog about this giveaway and include the link to your post,

2.) Tweet the following: Give your child the gift of Art this summer! http://bit.ly/k3bseJ #giveaway

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¡Buena suerte!

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