Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grandma in Blue with Red Hat

Cover image for Grandma in blue with red hat
by Scott Menchin
illustrated by Harris Bliss
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015. Picture Book

A boy likes to go to his art class at a museum each week.  His teacher tells the students that objects can be considered art if they are beautiful, unique, different, or tell a story.  The boy decides that his grandma is all those things and wonders if she should be in a museum.  Instead he produces an art show dedicated to his grandma. This is a sweet book about inter-generational affection.  It is also a great way to help children know different ways of looking at art.  Menchin's simple text and Bliss's cartoon illustrations make the art principles very accessible to even small children.  This is a good pick if a visit to an art museum is part of your family's summer plans.  

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