Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Book Review: The Art Lesson: A Shavuot Story by Allison and Wayne Marks, Illustrated by Annie Wilkinson

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

Shoshana loves to go to her grandmother Jacob's art studio every Thursday after school. She has made a lot of art projects there with her help, a lot of which are used during the Jewish holidays. One day her grandmother has her open a drawer with a special surprise in it, although sheets of white blank paper don't seem so special to Shoshana at first. Grandma Jacobs shows her what her bubbe taught her about what to make with that paper and teaches Shoshana to do the same. Although the art she makes by cutting patterns/pieces of this paper out doesn't turn out to be what Shoshana wants to make, Grandma Jacobs helps her find the beauty of her art work by showing her what her art work reminds her of. Shoshana also carries on what her grandmother taught her about art in a big way in her adult years.

I liked that Shoshana was so excited about what was in store every Thursday and that it developed her into being a young and eventually an adult artist. The illustrations of what Grandma Jacob's art studio looked like helped a lot to put pictures with the verbal descriptions.

I also liked how Grandma Jacobs called Shoshana by different artist names in this book. The nicknames were all about real artists that are described in the back of the book. I also liked that examples of their art styles are shown throughout the book; the information about what pages the examples can be found on are located at the same section the artists are described.

I think that children will take away a great idea of putting papercut art in their windows during Shavuot or any Jewish holiday from reading this book. There is also a craft idea in the back of the book that lists directions on how to make a Star of David papercut craft.

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free for the purpose of reviewing it.

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