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review 2017-04-05 21:01
Little READ This Book!
Little Red Writing - Joan Holub,Melissa Sweet

"Little Red Writing" surpassed all of my expectations. I expected it to be a simple story about little red riding hood except the girl is now a pencil. I was very wrong. This book teaches while entertaining! It goes through the writing process, details many different parts of speech, and talks about punctuation. I would use this in an upper grade classroom by reading it aloud to the class before the students have to write a story or paper. It would remind them of grammar rules and sentence structure while letting their minds think about what they want to write. Just like in the book, I would give students 15 categorized words to use in their story. After reading the book aloud to the class, I would have the students come up with a 2 page story using those 15 words. 


Lexile: AD 740L

Guided Reading: O

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

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review 2017-03-29 01:00
A Masterpiece of a Book
Mousterpiece - Jane Breskin Zalben

Art often gets left out of most in-classroom teaching, but I believe that "Mousterpiece" can help bridge that gap. The book is about a mouse who copies the styles of famous artists in her paintings. She is discovered and asked to display her artwork in a show. She realizes that her favorite painting is the one that was an "original" design, inspiring readers to create their own unique artwork. In the back of the book, there are facts about the famous artists and works of art featured in the book, which is a great resource for students and teachers. I would use this book as a companion/sidekick to another book or lesson. If the class was learning about a specific artist (and if "mousterpiece" had that artist in the book), I would use the book as a segway into the specific artist lesson. For a more adaptable lesson, I would read this book aloud to the class to keep the students inspired to create their own art and be true to themselves when doing any type of art activities in class. 


Lexile: 540L

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.3

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review 2017-03-22 00:38
Ellie - Mike Wu,Mike Wu

This lovely children's book is about an elephant who feels left out because she can't do all of the awesome things that they can do. But Ellie stays true to herself and learns that everyone is different. She discovers she is really good at painting, so she paints everything she sees. This is a beautifully illustrated and inspirational book. I would use this book with younger elementary students and have them try to paint something or at least create a piece of art in class. This would be something fun to do at the beginning of the school year. And at the end of the school year, the students could paint a friend (like Ellie did in the book). I would also have the students learn to sign their name in cursive just like Ellie does. 


This is a book I would read out loud to the class.

Recommended Ages: 3-6

Guided Reading: K

Lexile Measure: AD560L


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review 2013-09-29 00:00
Art Models 7: Dynamic Figures for the Visual Arts (Art Models series)
Art Models 7: Dynamic Figures for the Visual Arts - Maureen Johnson,Douglas Johnson (I got an e-copy from NetGalley last year, in exchange for an honest review.)

I didn't review this one as soon as I got an ebook copy, due to various reasons (first and foremost, my lack of an attention span, I suppose), and what a shame this is. The poses it contains are definitely interesting and inspiring, and any artist will likely get at least a few ideas just by looking at them, dynamic and varied as they are. Besides, the models aren't all cut from the same mold, and feature people who aren't necessarily of the very lean and/or very muscular kind, which is great in terms of variation, and allows to get a better feeling of the human anatomy no matter height or weight.

Since what I got was a review copy, I only had the PDF, not the CD-Rom. What I could see in it already inspired me, but I think the book really does wonder when you have the whole package: from what I understand, the pictures on the CD can be viewed from different angles, thus making the poses even more interesting to work with.

This is definitely a book/CD I'll buy for myself.
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review 2012-09-09 00:00
Art Models 7: Dynamic Figures for the Visual Arts (Art Models series)
Art Models 7: Dynamic Figures for the Visual Arts - Maureen Johnson,Douglas Johnson Review to come. Found this as an open galley on NetGalley and perused it since my sister does art in her spare time. The models had good posture and there were a variety of forms and poses to choose from in this collection. Note that this book does contain nude models posing for artistic representation.
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