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To be an artist
Ajmera, Maya.
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Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 23 x 28 cm
An introduction to using various art forms to express creativity.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.7 0.5 78690.
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NX633 .A36 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Children around the world express themselves through art, be it music, dance, visual arts, or theater. Beautiful photographs and lyrical text highlight the many ways art can bring us together.

A portion of the proceeds help support community-based projects benefiting children around the world.

Author Notes

Maya Ajmera is the founder of The Global Fund for Children. She is the co-author of several Global Fund for Children books, including Faith , Global Babies , Children of the U.S.A. , and Children from Australia to Zimbabwe .

John D. Ivanko is an award-winning photographer and author, writer, national speaker, and conservationist.He is the co-author (with Maya Ajmera) or photo contributor to nine Global Fund for Children books. With Maya Ajmera, he's co-authored the award-winning To Be a Kid , Be My Neighbor , To Be an Artist , Back to School , Animal Friends, and Come Out and Play .

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. How do we define art? This photographic introduction explains, Art can be just about anything. The vibrant snapshots show young artists from a wide variety of countries expressing themselves in universal ways: drawing, singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, writing, acting, sculpture, and making crafts. The narrative introduces the various activities, but the photographs tell the greater story. The double-page spread on drumming, for instance, shows five young drummers from Indonesia, Mauritania, the U.S., India, andamaica. The pictures are clear, and few of the children appear posed. This engaging, global view of young artists is an excellent supplement for social studies units and an inspiring springboard for arts programs. An appended map shows the location of the countries. --Linda Perkins Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

To Be an Artist by Maya Ajmera and John Ivanko explores what it can mean to be an artist and the ways that children around the globe express themselves through art, including drawing, making music, dancing and acting. Photos of children from dozens of nations accompany the motivational text, which addresses readers directly: "Dressing up, making sandcastles, taking a photograph... these are all ways you can show your creativity." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Like the authors' Back to School (2001) and To Be a Kid (1999, both Charlesbridge), this title is part of the SHAKTI for Children project, a nonprofit group dedicated to "teaching children to value diversity and to grow into productive, caring citizens of the world." Eye-catching spreads feature vivid photographs of youngsters from many different countries engaged in a variety of art forms, including dancing, singing, writing, and painting. The bold text introduces each discipline and is supported with more extensive descriptions of the individual endeavors and the nature of artistic expression in general. Bright, colorful backgrounds highlight the assortment of photos, and the open layout helps to pull the information together. This vibrant book pulsates with the energy and sense of accomplishment that accompanies participation in the arts. Within its pages, readers will find the inspiration to create, as well as the stimulation that comes from seeing reflections of the lives and creative works of other youngsters.-Tracy Karbel, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.