Come Look With Me
By: Kimberly Lane
“At a hundred I shall be a marvelous artist. At a hundred and ten, everything I create—a dot, a line—will jump to life as never before.” —Katsushika Hokusai
Asian Art highlights twelve masterpieces from South, East, and Southeast Asia, tracing artistic traditions through time and across cultures.
From an 11th-century Indian sculpture of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, to the eye-popping “superflat” art of Japan’s Takashi Murakami in the 21st century, each piece of art is introduced with a full-page color reproduction. An accompanying page includes a brief biography of the artist, notes on the art form and its symbolism, and/or information about the time period. Questions designed to encourage thoughtful responses to each piece provide points for discussion, to develop young readers’ greater understanding of art.
Asian Art is published in cooperation with The School at Columbia University.
Look Inside the Book:
Author & Illustrator Bios:Kimberly Lane, author
Kimberly Lane is an art teacher at The School at Columbia University. She lives in New York City.
Read more about Kimberly Lane.
Awards & Honors:
The White Ravens (International Youth Library)
School Library Journal
The book is intended to introduce children to fine art in various Asian countries in an accessible manner, and it succeeds. Following the format of previous tiles, Lane presents a dozen full-color reproductions, done in various mediums and representing different time periods, along with background information and discussion starters. The author points out that while viewing art in person is best, this book can be a wonderful too for one-on-one or small-group usage. The information is interesting and similar to what one might learn on a museum tour. Such questions as, "Where does your eye go first when you look at the painting?" can be addressed to a broad audience. Similar to Joyce Raimondo's "Art Explorers" series (Watson-Guptill), Come Look With Me has enough differences for both sets to have a place on library shelves.
Lane rounds out this impressive series of a dozen interactive introduction to the fine arts with a wonderfully inclusive and engaging survey of the arts of Asia. A member of the faculty at the prestigious School at Columbia University (NY), she takes readers on a wide-ranging tour of the world's most populous and culturally diverse region through its arts. In a brief journey from the sprightly Manga-inflected work of the Japanese master Murakami to a stunning Korean celadon-glazed porcelain vase at book's end, the text stops along the way to encourage young readers to look carefully at such unique and marvelous objects as Chinese scroll paintings, Indian images of a Bodhisattva, Japanese woodcuts and a contemporary Pakistani scroll painting. Knowledgeable and child-aware, the narrative does not strive to be comprehensive but rather to help children focus their attention and guide them in decoding and familiarizing themselves with these arts. A particularly strong choice for school and public libraries seeking to expand their art sections.
Ages: 5 and up
Page count: 32
9 3/4 x 9 3/4