Time to Make Art

Holt. Jan. 2024. 48p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250864666.
K-Gr 2–Mack explores the creative process of art in this accessible and celebratory volume. Not sure where to begin, a young artist with brown skin, black locs, and a lavender beret has some questions. Answers resound from a robust and diverse cast of artists spanning time and cultures; joyous, richly textured paintings depict both famous and less ubiquitous art and artists. The narrative resolves with a happy smattering of blue paint; back matter includes vignettes consisting of contextual information, dates, locations, and artist portraits for each piece of art featured in the story. The question-and-answer format makes this ideal for a two-voice read-aloud. The questions inspire reflection and conversation, ideal for classroom use, and the concise narrative makes this a viable story time selection as well. The focus skews towards North American and European art, but relative to the world of art history in the U.S., this is a notable improvement and valuable contribution for young readers.
VERDICT There’s not a frown to be found in this celebration of art and artists; it’s delightful! Recommended as a first purchase.

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