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Asian Art: Come Look With Me    by Kimberly Lane Amazon.com order for
Asian Art
by Kimberly Lane
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Delve into Asian art by taking a close look at twelve masterpieces that trace artistic traditions through time and across cultures. The works in this collection include a handscroll painting, Elegant Gathering in the Apricot Garden by Xie Huan, a bird and flower painting by Hua Yen entitled The Red Bird, and Jellyfish Eyes MAX & Shimon in the Strange Forest, a 2004 work by Takashi Murakami.

Along with the paintings you'll also find an ivory statue of the seated image of Ganesha from India, a stone sculpture of the crowned Buddha Shakyamuni, a woodcut of three horsemen by Katsushika Hoksai and an inlaid, celadon glazed, porcelain vase from the Koryo period.

Besides a full page representation of each work of art, there is an accompanying page that includes a brief biography of the artist, notes on the art form and its symbolism and/or information about the time period. At the top of the page you'll also find a series of questions that are intended to engage the reader and serve as the basis for a discussion about the accompanying art.

This is the ideal way of not only introducing a young reader to various types of art but also beginning a dialogue about individual paintings or ceramic pieces. There are now a dozen titles in the Come Look With Me series and these books will help teachers and parents develop an appreciation for and understanding of art in their students or children.

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