COUNT MONET'S LILIES by Julie Appel

COUNT MONET'S LILIES

From the "Touch the Art" series
Age Range: 2 - 4

KIRKUS REVIEW

Readers are encouraged to count through nine late-19th-century masterworks in this rhyming, touch-and-feel bagatelle. Unfortunately, the gimmick, while appealing, is hopelessly misapplied to the audience. Counting toddler fingers will eagerly grab Monet’s lily (White Waterlilies), touch the shiny "water" (Summertime, by Cassatt), poke the bumpy "oranges" (Women Walking in an Exotic Forest, by Rousseau) and so on. They and their parents will have a devil of a time trying to count the endlessly receding trees in Vuillard’s Two School Children and to find the sixth hat in Degas’s The Millinery Shop. The companion Find King Henry's Treasure (ISBN: 978-1-4027-6324-3) is an even worse conceptual mismatch. Introduce the very youngest children to art with the developmentally spot-on Art for Baby (2009) and then move them along to Lucy Micklethwait's many fine works when they get a little older. (Board book. 2-4)
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4027-6323-6
Page count: 22pp
Publisher: Sterling
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2010