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Download The Art of Reading: Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary ePub
  • ISBN 0525474846
  • ISBN13 978-0525474845
  • Language English
  • Author Reading Is Fundamental
  • Publisher Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (August 18, 2005)
  • Pages 96
  • Formats doc mobi docx txt
  • Category Photography
  • Subcategory Graphic Design
  • Size ePub 1915 kb
  • Size Fb2 1838 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 659

For forty years, the nonprofit literacy organization Reading Is Fundamental has been putting books into the hands of children across America. To commemorate its fortieth anniversary, it has brought together forty of the most celebrated children’s book illustrators working today and asked them each to re-imagine a classic book from their childhood. The result is a collection of beautiful and captivating images and insightful essays that remind us how a child’s early experiences with books can be powerful and lasting—and can help to create writers and artists.This gift book includes a foreword by Leonard Marcus, noted historian, author, and critic in the field of children’s literature.


Forty Illustrators it proclaims and these forty illustrators certainly deliver.

Forty Illustrators it proclaims and these forty illustrators certainly deliver. I really enjoyed reading about the books each author chose. The The two first words in the subtitle of this book are as important as is the title itself. Forty Illustrators it proclaims and these forty illustrators certainly deliver.

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Compiled by Dutton Books. The illustrations snare the reader immediately. The cover of a calico cat and a fuzzy gray mouse sitting on the page and reading a book together caught my eye and even though I tried to resist checking out yet another book, I had to have it.

book by Leonard S. Marcus. For forty years, the nonprofit literacy organization Reading Is Fundamental has been putting books into the hands of children across America. To commemorate its fortieth anniversary, it has brought together forty of the most celebrated children’s book illustrators working today and asked them each to re-imagine a classic book from their childhood.

For forty years, the nonprofit literacy organization Reading Is Fundamental has been putting books into the hands of children across America

For forty years, the nonprofit literacy organization Reading Is Fundamental has been putting books into the hands of children across America. To commemorate its fortieth anniversary, it has brought together forty of the most celebrated children's book illustrators working today and asked them each to re-imagine a classic book from their childhood. The result is a collection of beautiful and captivating images and insightful essays that remind us how a child's early experiences with books can be powerful and lasting-and can help to create writers and artists

Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary. by Reading Is Fundamental.

Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary. Published August 18, 2005 by Dutton Juvenile.

Reading is Fundamental or (RIF), as described in the jacketflap of the book is the largest nonprofit literacy organization whose main objective is to put books . This means that next year, 2015, would be their 50th anniversary!

Reading is Fundamental or (RIF), as described in the jacketflap of the book is the largest nonprofit literacy organization whose main objective is to put books into the hands of children across America. This means that next year, 2015, would be their 50th anniversary! I wonder what they would have in store for readers across the globe then

The subtitle, Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary, explains the concept. Each illustrator is given a 2-page spread.

To commemorate Reading is Fundamental's 40th anniversary, the nonprofit literary organization asked each of 40 contemporary children's book illustrators to write about a children's book that served as an inspiration and then to re-imagine it in an illustration. For David Diaz the book was S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders. The subtitle, Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary, explains the concept.

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xander
There was a book about children's book illustrators that I came across a couple years ago at my school's library that I just couldn't put down; I was forever checking it out just to see the variety of illustrations and to read about the illustrators' take on their craft. Looking for that book, the title of which I've forgotten, I found the Art of Reading, and got that instead. This was probably a mistake.

The subtitle, Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary, explains the concept. Each illustrator is given a 2-page spread. One full page is devoted to an illustration by the artist, while the facing page has a 3/4 to 1/4 format, with the smaller portion of the page containing a photo of the illustrator and a picture of a seminal book from his or her childhood, and the larger portion of the page containing a narrative about the illustrator's experience with that book. The full page illustration is inspired by the favorite book.

Conceptually, this seems like a great idea for a book, but somehow, somewhere, the execution just fails, fails, fails, at least for me. The order of the artists covered follows no apparent rhyme or reason, i.e. alphabetical, chronological, or even in terms of importance/fame as evidenced by awards received, etc. This makes it difficult to casually find a specific artist and/or necessitates the use of the index. In addition, I found the overall format to be more than a little forced; quite a few of the artists seem to have rather dispiritedly churned out a minumum of copy. (Four sentences, for instance, are attribued to William Joyce.) I don't blame the artists for this. The concept itself is just so heavy-handed and narrow. It appears that the artists weren't allowed to refer to their own books in the text. If you want to find out about the work of the featured artists, you have to page through a biography section in the back to find out. Why? This seems like such a missed opportunity, as well as a huge disservice--almost a slap in the face--to the the artists featured. This is such a shame. I would have loved to hear about how the work of these favorites influenced a specific book or character rather than read over and over a version of how "books have changed my life" blah blah.

I can see why a school librarian would love this book; I don't think it has much to offer the average reader, however. That said, I've decided to keep it anyway. Amazon's special rate of $7.00+ is more than reasonable and I didn't see any actual damage to the book I got. (Amazon gave fair warning that the books may not be "perfect".) The $7.00+ is worth it for an illustrated reference of children's book artists.
Ishnjurus
So love the art of children's books....am looking for more like this.
FLIDER
The cover of this book caught my eye but if you are looking for illustrations I was a bit disappointed. There are lots of stories and history of various artists though.
Castiel
Goodness, we have some wonderful reviews posted in this particular forum. I hardly know what to add. Before you purchase this work, read through the reviews as they are quite comprehensive. I must tell you that both the positive reviews and the negative reviews here all have great merit. Now while I thoroughly enjoyed this work, I can well see why some folks will not.

I suppose that my "liking" this work is due to the fact that I met many "old friends" here. I am familiar, on one level or another, with most of the 40 illustrators featured here and know of their work. As has been stated, this is a collection of short essays, one by each illustrator featured accompanied by an illustration (their own interpretation) of a book that was very influential in their development as a reader and artist when they were young. This was an added bonus in my case as I was familiar and had read most of the books these illustrators had chosen and indeed, most of those books had influenced me as a child also. Guess you could say that this work hit sort of close to home for me.

For me the illustrations featured in this book were wonderful...I enjoyed each and every one of the. The text, which consisted of short essays by each illustrator were, for the most part, enlightening or informative. The only bone I have to pick, and it is a small bone, is that the organization of the book, for me, was a bit lacking. There was no "flow" to the organization of the book...it was sort of like they took all this wonderful material and sort of shuffled it like you would a deck of card and threw it between two covers. I also was rather annoyed by the fact that the short biography of each illustrator was only included in an index in a rather haphazard manner and you had to constantly go from the main text source back to the index. It would have been very nice to have had a comprehensive list of each book the illustrator had been involved with.

I would say that this is a great book to have access to if you have any interest in children's literature what so every. I learned much from it and I most certainly enjoyed the illustrations in this one. I am going to go ahead and give this one five stars simply because, for me, it was useful, entertaining and informative. On the other hand, I have read and own better works on this same subject.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks