It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.
Our celebration of beauty, art, and music continues with two picturebooks set in a museum. One is about a curious little girl named Katie who loves art and the other is about a little spider named Andy who aspires to be an artist someday. Read a little about each book below and check out what I started reading this week!
Words and pictures by James Mayhew
Published by Orchard Books (2016 – reprint)
Copy provided by Lorain Public Library.
Summary: Invited by the famous lady to come inside her painting, Katie soon discovers that the Mona Lisa is lonely. So, hand in hand, Katie and Mona Lisa stroll out of the canvas and search the museum for new friends. A witty blend of fine art and clever whimsy, this is a beguiling introduction to the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.
When I borrowed this book, I didn’t realize that this was the second book in James Mayhew’s Katie series. The first was called Katie Meets the Impressionists. As noted in the summary, Katie and the Mona Lisa tells the grand adventures that Katie and Mona Lisa had in the museum, as they try to find something that would make Mona Lisa smile. This book includes reproductions of five art pieces of the Italian Renaissance including St. George and the Dragon by Raphael and The Lion of St. Mark by Vittore Carpaccio. It’s a fun way to introduce this art period to young readers.
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Words and pictures by Maree Coote
Published by Melbournestyle Books (2018)
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.
Summary: This delightful book tells the story of Andy Web, a tiny, talented spider who loves to draw and is determined to make it big. But there is one creative skill he cannot master . . . color! How will he ever achieve his dream? Join Andy as he gets up close and personal with the great masters to learn all he can about art.
I love the cover of Andy Web: Artist, and loved it even more after reading the story. One of my favorite parts was the beginning, mainly because of the puns!
Andy’s father was an engineer,
and his mother was a spin doctor,
but Andy had always been creative.
You’ll struggle with colour, worried Andy’s Dad.
Better off becoming a web developer.
All puns aside, this book is a lot fun. Familiar works of art were featured in this book in vibrant colors. It is visually stunning and it sends an important message about perseverance, open-mindedness, and looking at things in a different perspective. The book itself has activities for kids. For more detailed teachers’ notes, check out the discussion points and activities provided by Lamont Books.