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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful introduction to British art, 27 Jan 2009
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Mrs. A. Savill "A. Savill" (Surrey, England) - See all my reviews
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This must be the best introduction for children to British art I have seen. I have a degree in art history and have two sons aged 2 and 4 and they pick up the book again and again. The idea of Constable's shepherd boy, Ben, coming to life as Katie walks into his picture provides a beautiful framework for the rest of the book, in which Katie and Ben go in search of a job for Ben and have very funny adventures in paintings by, for instance, Turner, Constable and Stubbs. In the end, the sheep call Ben away from Turner's Temeraire and he realises that being a shepherd boy is what he is born to do. The illustrations are small masterpieces in their own right and provide a captivating background to the adventures of Katie and Ben. This book is perfect for introducing children to some of the best-known British paintings in a funny, imaginative and highly entertaining way.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to get your children nagging you to go to the National Gallery, 31 May 2010
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You buy the book, have great fun reading it then drop in the little hint about these pictures being real and if the children are very good you'll take them to the National Gallery in London (overlooking Trafalgar Square) so they can see them. The children then get really excited going around an art gallery you would never of got them into otherwise spotting the pictures they have seen in the different books.

The National Gallery is definitely family friendly and the information desks have a sheet they can print out telling you were you can find the pictures that appear in the Katie books although not all the information staff know about this yet. Not all the pictures featured in the Katie books are there (the Mona Lisa for example - but you knew that :) ) but they do have a sizable wedge of them. And did I mention admission is free - although they do ask for donations which seems only fair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever., 1 Mar 2013
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Richard Holliday "Ricardo" (London) - See all my reviews
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These books are well written, beautifully presented and a perfect length. We preferred 'Katie in London', but this a genuinely lovely childrens' book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concept, 22 Dec 2009
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I think this book is wonderful, beautifully illustrated with an exciting imaginative story. What an excellent introduction to art! I love reading this to my children and we see something new in the pictures every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Recommendation, 2 Sep 2013
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I would recommend this book to any teacher introducing work by famous artists to their class, through the medium of story, as I would the other 'Katie' books. I especially like 'Katie and (meets) the Impressionists.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art and young children, 30 Aug 2013
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A good book to start young children to begin to appreciate and be interested in serious art. Why not? I bought this book to use with KeyStage 1 pupils. A trip out of class to see the size, texture and colour of these paintings will be the icing on the cake - inspiring.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book, 25 April 2010
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J. R. Unwin (UK) - See all my reviews
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Another great book from James Mayhew. I have even met this author!

Product as described and delivered promptly.Thank you.
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