A Child's Introduction to the Elements of Art
by Kim Bogren Owen
Kids and art seem to go hand in hand--at least, my kids have always loved to draw, color, sketch and paste until they've used every piece of blank paper they can find in the house.
This book is a celebration of exactly that. Through simple themes, kids are introduced to the basics of art. The wording is easy enough for even the youngest artists to understand, and it encourages them to try their hand at making art as well. After each basic structure is introduced, a blank page awaits for kids to fill themselves.
Much of the artwork is done by children, giving young artists the opportunity to see the examples at a level they can relate to. The pictures are sweet, colorful and bring out exactly that which the explanations are trying to point out. They invite kids to gaze through them again and again, and try to make an artwork all on their own.
Summed up: this is a great way to introduce the very basic structures of art to kids ages 3 and up.
by Kim Bogren Owen
Photos by Amber Owen, Ron Hanko and Mike Pearson
Not being a guru on orchids myself, I wondered how a book could take a topic, which seems so specific, and present it in a way kids would enjoy. Now, I know.
Orchids are as varied as fish in the sea, and the pictures and text in this book prove it. Young readers are shown through lovely examples, exactly how special and different orchids can be. It might sound like a technical thing, but the author does a marvelous job bring the flowers to life in a way kids will not only understand, but grasp and head out to see if they see these same traits on flowers they run across themselves. This takes education and makes it into a type of discovery game, letting kids learn and discover in a way they know best--through fun.
The photos are gorgeous. Not only do they clearly represent the traits the author wants to show, but they are simply a treat to thumb through and look at. The vast array of flowers comes to life, illustrating how varied and interesting orchids really are.
Summed up: This is a wonderful book which introduces kids to a realm they normally wouldn't have a chance to discover much about, and it does so in a fun and interesting way. Young listeners will never see orchids and flowers the same, and will probably want to try growing some of their own.
And here she is. . .
KIM BOGREN OWEN!!!
Kim Bogren Owen has worked in Early Childhood Education since 1988 in a variety of programs and roles. Her background includes a Bachelor degree in Cultural Anthropology along with several ECE courses, and she has worked with diverse cultures.She began writing after reading the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in junior high, and began storytelling as a teacher of preschoolers.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband, children, and 3 dogs.
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