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Venezia, Mike.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Childrens Press, [1993]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Examines the life and work of the Italian painter of the early Renaissance, describing and giving examples of his art.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.4 0.5 1536.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.1 3 Quiz: 19953 Guided reading level: R.
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ND623.B7 V37 1993 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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This series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Social Studies: Culture

Author Notes

Mike Venezia was born on June 8, 1945 in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He was the executive art director and vice president at Leo Burnett Company for 33 years. He retired to work full time on his books and videos. He started his writing career back in 1978, when he authored and illustrated books for Childrens Press. His books include the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series, Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers series, Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents series, and Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors and Scientists series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6-- Venezia believes that ``the best way to introduce kids to art and artists is through fun , '' but this admirable concept doesn't succeed. Goya begins with a self-portrait of the artist at 65, and continues with oversimplified biographical data and excellent reproductions of a variety of his paintings. The works range from a baroque ceiling fresco to The Madhouse at Zaragoza to The Third of May, which depicts a military execution. Botticelli contrasts markedly in style and subject, if only because the artist's work is much more accessible to young students than Goya's. Again the reproductions are superb, and the text extremely basic, but because classic Renaissance works are more obvious, oversimplification is less of a problem. In both titles, the cartoons inserted distract and detract from the effect of the art, and from the purpose of the books; readers unfamiliar with Goya and Botticelli won't have enough information from the text to understand the intended humor. Teachers may want these as sources of the reproductions in classrooms, but their research usefulness and browsing interest are marginal. --Dorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.