Poetic evocations of five artists--Rembrandt, Guardi, Van Gogh, Bonnard, Nevelson--accompanied by a painting in full color at the outset and a drawing at the close (except in the case of Nevelson's sculpture--where the pattern is tellingly reversed). Just who these little tributes might be written for would be hard to say, since the references will be obscure to most young people--even in an atypically straightforward instance: "Guardi,/we don't know/too much about you./Your sister wed/Tiepolo./Your father,/your two brothers,/ and your sons/ were painters, too./In your time Canaletto/was acknowledged master/of the Venetian view." (The comparison with Canaletto on the two succeeding pages is well-drawn--if one knows Canaletto's work.) A child sensitive to word-sounds might read on regardless; and a child responsive to art and reflectively-inclined might respond to the lines opposite the sturdy, intent little Rembrandt drawing: "Every outside/has an inside,/and every inside/has an outside./ Just one stroke/ of Rembrandt's/chalk,/needle, brush, or pen/could tell both tales./ They tell them/ to this day." But this is the sort of anamolous object best discovered under a toadstool--or presented, knowingly, as a gift.