ABOUT THE 'SMART READS for Kids' BOOK SERIES Love Art, Love Learning Welcome to the 'SMART READS for Kids' book series. Designed to expand and inspire young minds; this is a range of short educational books for children aged seven and over. These books do much more than just teach children about Art and Artists. They also act as a gateway to a much broader general kwledge base. Although one Artist's life and major works are always the central theme, wider learning is encouraged in the following ways: Geography. When locations relevant to the Artist's life are mentioned they are always accompanied by a colourful, child-friendly map so that the opportunity to learn some world geography does t pass the young reader by. History. If the Artist's actions or inspirations were based on the current affairs of the day then a snippet of history is explained in simple terms than can be easily understood by children. Vocabulary. In general the vocabulary is uncomplicated. However, a manageable number of longer words are intentionally introduced and then reused in each book. These are always demarked by bright bold colours and are accompanied by a clear definition and pronunciation. There is also a Glossary at the end. Maths. At least one maths sentence, for example a calculation of the Artist's age or how many years ago they were born, is included in each book. A column subtraction sum to accompany the statement is always laid out somewhere nearby. Concentration. Each book is written in the friendly first person and a trail of footprints running through it always leads to a cute cartoon animal at the end. The author sometimes asks questions of the young reader (and the final section is always a quiz). These features both keep children engaged in the book and encourage them to form their own opinions. There is intentionally a high ratio of images to text. Other Artists. No artist lives in isolation; they are invariably influenced by their peers and those that have come before them. Therefore each book introduces a select few new artist's names. In this way the child's kwledge horizon of Art History is gently expanded. ABOUT BOOK NO. 1: JUNIOR VINCENT VAN GOGH Geographical Locations Referenced: The Netherlands, The Dutch Brabant, Belgium, Antwerp, France, Paris and Arles. Paintings: 17 in total including: Sunflowers, The Starry Night, Wheat Field with Cypresses, The Church at Auvers, Irises, Noon Rest From Work, The Yellow House, The Night Cafe, The Potato Eaters and two self-portraits. Vocabulary Defined: Inspired, Passionate, Mental illness, Expressionism, Dutch, Peasants, Romantic, Sympathy, Realism, Professional, Palette, Complementary, Succession and Ironic. New Artists Introduced: Rembrandt and Paul Gauguin. Broader topics addressed: Mental illness and poverty. Number of Words: 2200. OTHER BOOKS IN THE 'SMART READS for kids' SERIES: 'Junior Leonardo da Vinci' 'SMART READS for Kids' adventure story What do you do in a Drawing Room? ' [Kindle only] 'Learn 20 French Words with Junior Claude Monet' [Kindle only] 'Junior Edgar Degas' [Kindle only] FOR FREE ACTIVITIES TO ACCOMPANY THESE BOOKS VISIT: http: //theportraitplace.co.uk/smart-reads-for-kids.php
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Fiona Holt is an award winning, professional portrait artist. She has a PhD and worked for many years in scientific research. She also holds a PTLLS teaching certificate. She lives with her husband and eight-year-old daughter in Hampshire in the UK.