Reviews for Come Look With Me : Discovering African American Art for Children

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 March #1
Lickle Publishing adds two titles to its Come Look with Me series: Discovering African American Art for Children by James Haywood Rolling Jr., and Discovering Women Artists for Children by Jennifer Tarr Coyne. After a brief suggestion of "How to use this book," each of the dozen works appears with several questions as discussion starters, a brief biography of the artist and some background on the painting's theme. In the first title, accessible subjects such as Henry Ossawa Tanner's The Banjo Lesson (1893), Jacob Lawrence's Brownstones (1958) and Sarah Albritton's more recent The Swimming Hole (1993) allow readers to easily recognize art's timeless appeal. In the second book, paintings by Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Mary Cassatt similarly demonstrate the range of human experience. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2005 June
K-Gr 5-Accessible introductions to the art of two groups often overlooked in anthologies. The authors, both art educators, have clearly drawn on their experience with children in choosing their images (many of which portray young people) and preparing their texts. Twelve pieces per volume are reproduced in full color and accompanied by descriptive information; the facing page contains several questions designed to engage young viewers and an adult in conversation as well as a few paragraphs of background. Coyne's selections range from a familial portrait by Renaissance artist Sofonisba Anguissola to Berthe Morisot's impressionistic indoor scene to a contemporary sculpture by Louise Nevelson. Rolling's artists, pulled from the 19th and 20th centuries, include the lesser-known Palmer Hayden and Clementine Hunter as well as the more familiar Henry Ossawa Tanner, Romare Bearden, and Jacob Lawrence. While both authors explain artistic content, Rolling's lengthier entries emphasize social history. Coyne's concise descriptions offer more on form, and her questions invite readers to make personal connections to the pieces. Both titles conclude with exhortations to revisit the pages and to "Keep looking." These volumes address the racial and gender gap in juvenile art-history collections. They also pave the way for Tonya Bolden's more in-depth Wake Up Our Souls (Abrams, 2004) and titles about female artists. Welcome additions.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.