3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet (Bob Raczka's Art Adventures)

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Teaches the alphabet through pictures of various sculptures, including a metal horse for the letter H and a giant walking man for the letter G. Reprint.

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Bob Raczka studied art at the University of Illinois and is currently a advertising writer. He has written nine art books for children, including No One Saw: Ordinary Things Through the Eyes of an Artist; Art Is...; More Than Meets the Eye: Seeing Art with All Five Senses; Unlikely Pairs: Fun with Famous Works of Art; Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves; and 3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet.

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 5–Raczka has a great eye–a welcome attribute in the creation of art books for children. His strength lies in selecting images high in child appeal and combining them in fresh, provocative ways. This alphabetically arranged primer on 20th-century sculpture includes Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel, Constantin Brancusi's The Kiss (paired with Robert Indiana's Love), and Claes Oldenburg's Spoonbridge and Cherry. The selections are international in scope, and the media range from scrap metal and found objects to wood and fluorescent lights. The change between exterior and interior settings adds further interest. On single pages or double spreads, Raczka includes the piece itself, a phrase highlighting its relationship to the letter, and the attribution. In brief sentences, he builds a cumulative understanding of the subject: a sculpture can have moving parts, is not always something you can recognize, can make you look at things differently. So can Raczka. Pair this with Camay C. Murphy and Tom Miller's Can a Coal Scuttle Fly? (Maryland Historical Society, 1996) to move from sampling a range of works to an appreciation of one artist's ability to transform everyday objects into three-dimensional art.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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