How did I get them? A competition win from Galina Varese's lovely blog
In my header I state that I don't enter competitions for things I don't want or need. I wasn't sure what to expect from these books when I entered. I enjoy art and art history and anything that keeps the kids interested in them is good by me.This prize contained 2 books - "The Little Egon Schiele" and "Colour and Learn with the Little Vermeer"
Catherine de Duve is on a mission to bring art to children and has many books in print. What is most interesting is that she produces books that cover artists beyond the usual Van Gogh or Monet. The books are aimed at different age groups.
The Little Egon Schiele is aimed at a slightly older age group, maybe 8 - 10 years. The book is 30 pages long and gives a brief overview of Schiele's life with some historic background. The words are challenging but well-chosen for the age group. They complement the wonderful illustrations well and probably deserve a place in a school library. What irks me somewhat is the questions posed on each page. They are pitched at a quite different level to the language used in the text and quite patronising to someone reading the book and understanding the biographical details. For example, on one page we have the paragraph