Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Quiet Time With Cassatt

Quiet Time With Cassatt

Julie Merberg, Suzanne Bober
Board Book
For ages 2 to 4
Chronicle Books, 2006   ISBN: 978-0811855044

We are going to share some warm and cozy moments with some children and their families. These are tender, special, close moments; the kind of moments that have a lasting impact on us, though we might not realize it at the time.

Here is a little girl, lying back in a large comfy armchair and nearby her little dog naps peacefully. Here is a young mother sewing on some fine cloth. Resting an elbow in her lap, a little girl looks out at us, soft curls framing her face.

In this very special board book Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober explore ten of Mary Cassatt's lovely paintings. The simple poems which accompany each painting capture the essence of the artwork, giving each one a sense of place. Children will discover that paintings are not just paint on a canvass. They are a moment in time captured and saved; a moment, which in this case, shows the connection between children and the people they love.

This title is one in a series of board books in which the works of famous artists are explored. They provide little children with a splendid introduction to the world of art.