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The Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures   By: (1855-1933)

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The Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures by Lorinda Munson Bryant is a delightful collection of art that beautifully introduces young readers to renowned paintings from various artists. This captivating book serves as an excellent resource for parents, educators, and art enthusiasts looking to foster a love for art in children.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is its thoughtfully chosen selection of paintings. Each page showcases a different masterpiece, carefully selected to captivate young readers and expose them to a wide range of artistic styles and periods. From the classical works of Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh to more contemporary pieces, such as Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso, the book presents a harmonious blend of art spanning centuries.

The author's concise and accessible descriptions accompanying each painting provide valuable insights into the artist's intent and the historical context of the artwork. While aimed at children, the book manages to strike a fine balance between simplicity and sophistication. It imparts essential knowledge without overwhelming readers, making it suitable for both younger children and those slightly older who wish to delve deeper into art appreciation.

Furthermore, the book's layout and design are commendable. The carefully chosen fonts, colors, and illustrations contribute to an inviting visual experience for both children and adults. The inclusion of interactive elements, such as puzzles, quizzes, and activities, adds an enjoyable educational dimension. These interactive features not only augment the learning process but also encourage critical thinking and engagement with the artworks.

In addition to its educational value, The Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures radiates a sense of inclusivity. The selection of paintings showcases diverse subjects, representing various cultures, genders, and ethnicities. This aspect plays a crucial role in fostering inclusivity and expanding children's horizons, introducing them to different perspectives through the medium of art.

The only area for improvement would be to have the paintings presented on larger pages. Some of the artworks may appear a bit small for younger children, whose eyes are still adjusting to reading. A larger format would allow for more detailed observations, enabling readers to fully appreciate the intricacies of each painting.

In conclusion, The Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures is an absolute gem within the world of children's literature. With its outstanding selection of paintings, accessible descriptions, interactive features, and inclusive representation, Lorinda Munson Bryant has created an exceptional resource for young art enthusiasts. This book has the power to spark curiosity, ignite imagination, and leave a lasting impression in the minds of children, fostering a lifelong love for art.

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Author of "Famous Pictures of Real Boys and Girls," "Famous Pictures of Real Animals," etc.


Published by The Century Co. New York

Copyright, 1922, by The Century Co.





1. The Holy Family. Pintoricchio. Academy, Siena 3

2. The Valley Farm. Constable. National Gallery, London 5

3. Madonna and St. Jerome. Correggio. Parma Gallery, Italy 7

4. The Wood Gatherers. Corot. Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, D.C. 9

5. The Aurora. Guido Reni. Rospigliosi Palace, Rome 11

6. Singing Boys. Franz Hals. Cassel Gallery, Germany 13

7. St. Barbara. Palma Vecchio. Santa Maria Formosa, Venice 15

8. Charles I and His Horse. Van Dyck. Louvre, Paris 17

9. The Gale. Homer. Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts 19

10. Madonna del Gran' Duca. Raphael. Pitti Palace, Florence 21

11. Joan of Arc. Bastien Lepage. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City 23

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