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For the past week, a favorite book has been Touch the Art: Make Van Gogh’s Bed by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo, a book in their Touch the Art Series. This series, which has several other titles, including Count Monet’s Lilies, Brush Mona Lisa’s Hair, and Pop Warhol’s Top is an accessible and fun way for kids to learn about art. Both my preschooler and my baby enjoy the books. My baby especially likes the touch and feel stuff.
Each book reproduces several pieces of artwork with a touch and feel aspect–so Monet’s water lilies have flowers that you can touch, and Mary Cassatt’s Children on the Beach has sand paper. The end includes a write up of each artifact discussed. The stories that go with the pictures do not necessarily flow very well, but I think that drawback pales in comparison to the interaction the children get with the featured art.
Book Extension Activity:
In the room where we are reading, we talk about the textures around us: the smooth wooden floor, the fluffy stuffed animals, whatever happens to be nearby.
Also, this series is a fantastic gateway to discussing art museums, and different approaches to art. We read a few of these books and discussed art before museum trips.