Monday, October 8, 2012

3-D ABC, A Sculptural Alphabet

3-D ABC (A Sculptural Alphabet), by Bob Raczka, is one of the most interesting, beautiful, and informative alphabet books we have ever read!  If you’re looking for a book that can be shared and enjoyed among different ages of family members, 3-D ABC will not fail to garner interest. 

The author names an object or idea for each letter of the alphabet by presenting a sculpture to represent that word.  Each sculpture is identified at the bottom of the page with the name of the sculpture, the artist, the year, the museum, and its location.  The short narrative accompanying each sculpture teaches something about sculptures in an easy to understand manner.  For example, through the narrative, the reader can learn the definition of abstract sculpture, relief, and kinetic sculptures.  The visual presentation of the sculptures along with the information encourages the reader to develop an appreciation of sculptures.

We think this book is a great gift idea for families, especially those who appreciate art and like to visit art museums.  I also think this book would be a great addition to a classroom library so that children who may not have the opportunity to visit museums can view and be inspired by art via a book.  This is a book that can be viewed and read countless times.  We hope it inspires you and your family!

*Which is your favorite sculpture?
*Which art museum does this book inspire you to visit?
*How do you think the author chose these sculptures?
*Would you like to make sculptures?

Read more children's ABC books here!

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