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“If someone asked you to paint a snowman, you would probably start with three white circles stacked one upon another. Then you would add black dots for eyes, an orange triangle for a nose, and a black dotted smile. But if Picasso painted a snowman….”
What a great way to introduce young readers to famous artists! As a former art instructor I know how important it is to share with young children all the wonderful artists of the past. I’ve always wanted my students to see the artwork of specific artists and inform them of the artist. If Picasso Painted A Snowman’s guide throughout the book is a lively hamster that blends in with each painting as he tells us about each artist.
Greg Newbold’s chameleon-like artistry shows us Roy Lichtenstein’s snow hero saving the day, Georgia O’Keefe’s snowman blooming in the desert, Claude Monet’s snowmen among haystacks, Grant Wood’s American Gothic snowman, Jackson Pollock’s snowman in ten thousand splats, Salvador Dali’s snowmen dripping like melty cheese, and snowmen as they might have been rendered by J. M. W. Turner, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Georges Seurat, Pablita Velarde, Piet Mondrian, Sonia Delaunay, Jacob Lawrence, and Vincent van Gogh.
It is a beautifully illustrated book that allows us to meet the artists of the past with an interpretation of how they would have painted a snowman had they been asked to do so. Most importantly it shows children that it’s okay to be different, and encourages them to embrace their individuality and unique view of the world. Just as each artist embraced their individuality by creating famous masterpieces. Each an everyone of us is an artist we just have to uncover our skills.