Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Reading 2013 Speeding Down the Spiral

This book by Deborah Goodman Davis is an interesting way to introduce readers to the Guggenheim Museum. Lizzie is disappointed when her father decides to take her and her baby brother Ben to the museum rather than the water park. They take the elevator to the top, then Lizzie is supposed to watch her brother while Dad answers an e-mail. When Ben's stroller rolls off down the ramp, Lizzie gets a very fast tour of the famous art displayed in the permanent collection as she chases after him. Once the chase begins, it is similar to stories like "The Gingerbread Man," with a growing assortment of people following along after Lizzie and Ben. The story structure will be familiar to readers and that will provide a basis for their exploration of the artwork shown in the book.

I can imagine an art teacher or classroom teacher using the book to introduce a study of the various artists it mentions. Picasso, Chagall, Warhol, and the others all have styles that the students can explore in their own artwork. It might also be fun to research the different artists and their styles and create a gallery walk with the students' artwork combined with the facts they discover in their research.

I read and e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

There is a website and a Facebook page for the book which share additional information, links to museum pages and art project ideas. If you have never visited the Guggenheim, you can learn more about the museum and its exhibits online.

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