THE PICTURE THAT MOM DREW by Kathy & Bruce McMillan Mallat


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While many a beginning concept book focuses solely on colors or shapes, this picture-book collaboration of a newcomer and a veteran introduces young viewers to additional elements of art, including lines, forms, shades, patterns, and textures. In a cumulative This-Is-the-House-That-Jack-Built text, a blank piece of paper in the hands of a mother drawing at the beach becomes a finished portrait of her two daughters. The girls narrate: ""These are the lines/sketched with the colors/that brightened the paper/used for the picture/that Mom drew."" Each art term is highlighted in type that demonstrates the concept described (e.g., the word lines is underlined). McMillan's trademark full-color photographs take center stage in the first few pages, then become less conspicuous as the portrait develops and becomes the focus. The photos of the creation of the drawing do not always follow the cumulative pattern of the text; instead, the camera zooms in to a specific part of the page to explore the technique. Children will enjoy the surprise of seeing close-up forms, shapes, and textures become a larger whole when the picture is unveiled in the final spread, and learn something about looking at art in the process.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Walker