Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Painting with Picasso

Painting with Picasso

Julie Merberg, Suzanne Bober
Board Book
For ages 2 and up
Chronicle Books, 2006   ISBN: 978-0811855051

Artwork, like photographs, can capture "a moment in time" that we can look at and appreciate long after the moment is gone. Sometimes paintings or drawings show an event or a place, and sometimes they show a person or people. In the latter case paintings can show the emotions on the faces of the subjects. In this wonderful board book we get to explore some of the paintings that Pablo Picasso created. We see a small girl cradling a dove, and a little boy riding a donkey. Then there is a sad faced child wearing a clown costume, and a woman who is playing with her baby.

By exploring these examples of Pablo Picasso's work children will come to see that paintings don't only show epic events and landscapes. In addition they can show expressions of sadness, love, puzzlement, and humor on the faces of everyday people. By choosing a varied selection of Picasso's paintings, the authors also show their audience how versatile this artist was.

This is one of the titles in the Mini Masters collection. All of the books in this splendid series look at the work of famous artists from around the world.