Little Miss and I have always been massive fans of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) as the gallery is always encouraging children to appreciate art through their fantastic kids' installations, art books for kids and kids signs next to paintings/photography/sculptures at each exhibition.
Since 2013, the NGV has published five award-winning children's art books relating to their exhibitions. I always look forward to their art book for kids as they are always full of great information and activities for kids to relate to the current exhibition and for parents to read to their little ones and are great value and quality at $14.95. Degas: An Art Book For Kids is no different and it is my favourite in the kids art book series so far!
If you haven't visited the Degas: A New Vision exhibition, I would highly recommend it, checkout our review on our French blog for a sneak preview. If you are thinking of going with the kids, I would also recommend buying this book to get the little ones in the mood before the exhibition so that they can relate to pieces exhibited.
Degas: An Art Book For Kids is a beautifully illustrated 80 pages book about French artist Edgar Degas one of the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries who is famous for his beautiful drawings and paintings of ballet dancers. It cover Degas' life, his passion for horses, dance and people at work as two cute characters Snail and Pigeon take you on an adventure to discover his life and the city of Paris. Here's a few page extracts from the book.
We love how it covers Degas growing up, France, Paris, its districts, monuments, art, food all while introducing French words throughout the book. Even if you're not going to see Degas, this book is great to expose the little ones to France and a bit of French. Being French, I speak it with little Miss so she recognises a few words but anyone can learn new words through this book. She loves the little blurbs from the snail and when I read this book to her she kept asking me what the snail said.
Little Miss was especially interested in the page of ice cream flavours and she liked me reading out all the flavours and counting them one by one in French.
I personally really like the maps of the Paris districts with its monuments and attractions. Parents can learn a few things or two along the way!
We also loved the chapter and Ballet dancing it even has fun facts and ballet steps that little Miss was happy to follow.
Last but not least, it has a list of some of the works featured in the exhibition so that kids can relate to real life portraits, paintings and sculptures.
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