Kirkus Reviews QR Code
MUSEUM SHAPES by Metropolitan Museum of Art


by Metropolitan Museum of Art

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-316-05698-7
Publisher: Little, Brown

Once again, the collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art serve up instantly recognizable images of ten forms, each identified by word, shape and images. Square, circle, rectangle, triangle, oval, arch, crescent, diamond, heart and star—proceeding one might say in order of complexity—are introduced first by a question (“What shape is the wheel?”) on a page where patterns of the grey outline of the shape float. Opposite, a full-page image of a work of art displays the shape prominently. On the next spread, the shape is named—CIRCLE—opposite four more pieces of artwork highlighting the circle shape. These are always drawn from many cultures and techniques—in the case of the circle, an American lithograph, an Indian mandala, a Japanese woodblock print, an American quilt and a Sienese altarpiece. Full information about each piece of art is at the back. A marvelous gift for parent and child, promising many hours of visual stimulation and enjoyment. (Picture book. 3-7)