This exceptional series of interactive art appreciation books will develop an early awareness of and interest in fine art. Each full-color thematic book introduces children to twelve works of art, eliciting their observations about and attention to the painting. Open-ended questions about each work and a brief biography of the artist provide gentle lessons in perspective, color, line, and composition. A quality reproduction of each work appears on the left, with observations and questions on the right of each two-page spread. No advance preparation or knowledge of art is required - just open and enjoy with your child. Each volume represents a wide variety of styles, artists, techniques and time periods. While the books can be used in any order, Enjoying Art with Children would probably be the place to start. The paintings in this volume have children as their subjects, which helps children to become immediately involved in the artwork. Subsequent titles explore landscape, animals, recreation, photography, Native American art, works from famous artists, art from other cultures and more. 32 pgs, hc.