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To Be An Artist
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Price: $6.95
Product ID : ch-9781570915765



Authors: Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko

Ages: 5 - 8

Children around the world express themselves through art, be it music, dance, visual arts, or theater. Beautiful photographs and lyrical text highlight the many ways art can bring us together.

A portion of the proceeds help support community-based projects benefiting children around the world.


EarlyChildhood NEWS Directors' Choice Award
Book Sense Children's Picks - Summer
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Publishers Weekly - March 31, 2004
To Be an Artist by Maya Ajmera and John Ivanko explores what it can mean to be an artist and the ways that children around the globe express themselves through art, including drawing, making music, dancing and acting. Photos of children from dozens of nations accompany the motivational text, which addresses readers directly: "Dressing up, making sandcastles, taking a photograph these are all ways you can show your creativity."

Booklist - March 31, 2004
How do we define art? This photographic introduction explains, "Art can be just about anything." The vibrant snapshots show young artists from a wide variety of countries expressing themselves in universal ways: drawing, singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, writing, acting, sculpture, and making crafts. The narrative introduces the various activities, but the photographs tell the greater story. The double-page spread on drumming, for instance, shows five young drummers from Indonesia, Mauritania, the U.S., India, and Jamaica. The pictures are clear, and few of the children appear posed. This engaging global view of young artists is an excellent supplement for social studies units and an inspiring springboard for arts programs. An appended map shows the location of the countries.