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10 Books About the Arts

    The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

    The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse - Eric Carle

    Rather than use the same old colors, a child paints animals and objects in a variety of different hues. Includes biographical information about the German painter Franz Marc, who created unconventional animal paintings in the early 1900s.

    PICTURE BOOK Carle, E.
    Rifka Takes a Bow

    Rifka Takes a Bow - Betty Rosenberg Perlov

    A young girl's family is part of a Yiddish theater performance group. Provides a glimpse into the world of the Second Avenue Yiddish theaters of 1920s New York.

    PICTURE BOOK Perlov, B.
    Jazz on a Saturday Night

    Jazz on a Saturday Night - Leo and Diane Dillon

    Combining bright colors and musical patterns with rhythmic text, this toe-tapping, finger-snapping picture book pays tribute to such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane.

    CD PICTURE BOOK Dillon, L.
    Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

    Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People - Monica Brown

    In this picture book biography, young readers meet Pablo, a poet who wrote about the things he loved - things made by his friends, things found at the marketplace, things he saw in nature, and the people of Chile and their stories of struggle.

    PICTURE BOOK Brown, M.

    When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot

    When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot - Lauren Stringer

    The Russian artists Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky were popular in their time: Stravinsky for music, Nijinsky for dance. When their radical new ballet, The Rite of Spring, was first performed in Paris, there were fistfights and riots! Brilliant or disastrous, the performance marked the birth of modern music and dance.

    CHILDREN 781.556 S918 2013
    Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

    Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade - Melissa Sweet

    Tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America - the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Sarg, T. 2011
    Diego Rivera: His World and Ours

    Diego Rivera: His World and Ours - Duncan Tonatiuh

    Introduces young readers to Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Rivera, D. 2011
    Kamishibai Man

    Kamishibai Man - Allen Say

    After many years of retirement, an old Kamishibai man - a Japanese street performer who tells stories - decides to make his rounds once more even though such entertainment declined after the advent of television.

    PICTURE BOOK Say, A.
    When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

    When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson - Pam Muñoz Ryan

    An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, and whose life and career encouraged social change.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Anderson, M. 2002
    Words With Wings

    Words With Wings - Nikki Grimes

    In this verse novel, daydreaming becomes an escape for Gabby once her parents started arguing with each other. With the help of a new teacher, those daydreams begin to turn into words.

    CHILDREN FICTION Grimes, N.