Sally Swain Once Upon a Picture

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Once Upon a Picture

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With magnificent illustrations, this unique account introduces children to art through four famous paintings: Paul Klee's "Twittering Machine," Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "The Umbrellas," Henri Rousseau's "Tiger in the Tropical Storm (Surprised!)," and Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night." Young minds explore these well-known pieces through creative storytelling and eye-catching images. From the sounds of Klee's machines and Renoir's children at play to the movement of van Gogh's stars and Rousseau's prowling jungle tigers, the illustrations and story suggestions unfold with visual, verbal, and dramatic effect. This ideal art literacy tool invites children to take up their own adventures and concludes with four additional paintings by the same artists to spark developing imaginations.

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Sally Swain is the author of Great Housewives of Art, Great Housewives of Art Revisited, and Oh My Goddess.

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Grade 1-5–This playful book visually extends the stories behind fine-art paintings. The phrase upon a picture we might wonder... precedes an expansion of ideas about the subjects in each painting. Illustrations on the following several pages then reveal a fantasy sequence done in a style that imitates the original art. For example, a tumbling figure of a little girl from Pierre-Auguste Renoirs The Umbrellas rolls her hoop to play in the mud. From Paul Klees The Twittering Machine, a tree, alive with twitters and tweets, is cut down by an errant gardener until he realizes the error of his ways and rescues a sprig. Swains version of the story behind Van Goghs The Starry Night provides a dramatic view of a boy and his cat gazing first at the stars, then surrounded by the blazing warmth of a golden moon. The angled swirls with striking gold, orange, and blue perfectly complement the original painting. Henri Rousseaus Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!) has a big cat transformed by the rain from a striped creature to one bedecked with flowers under a cloudless blue expanse. Four additional pictures by the same artists appear at the end and challenge readers to create their own extensions. A feast for the eyes and a creative teaching tool, this slim volume is a welcome addition for any library.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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