Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Feed Matisse’s Fish

Feed Matisse’s Fish

Julie Appel, Amy Guglielmo
Nonfiction novelty board Book
For ages 3 to 6
Sterling, 2006   ISBN: 978-1402735684

It is going to be a "busy day," for there are lots of things that need to be done. There are fish to feed, there is hair to comb, there are flowers to gather, there is lunch to be eaten, there are places to visit, there are people to see, there are games to be played.

In this unique board book children will be introduced to nine famous paintings in which they will see scenes from everyday life, scenes showing people doing things and being busy. Among other things they will see children writing on a blackboard and they will see people sitting in a restaurant. Better still they can experience these paintings through the tips of their fingers as well for in each painting there is a textured area to feel and to explore.

All in all this board book offers children a multi-sense experience for as they listen to the text being read to them they can look at the images of the paintings and they can touch the rough, smooth, fabric and plastic surfaces which are cleverly incorporated into the art work. They will have the opportunity to see some famous paintings and learn a little about the people who created them.

At the back of the book the authors provide their readers with further information about the nine paintings shown on the pages.