Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday (PPBF). It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think it’s a cool way to teach opposites and to get kids looking at artwork.
Art Museum Opposites
By Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker
44 pages -ages 5+
Published by Temple University Press on October 1, 2010
Theme/Topic – Art / learning opposites
Opening and Synopsis – From the inside cover and written by Timothy Run the CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art “Art museums provide endless opportunities for learning and wonder.” – “They (the authors) have selected works of art that, when paired, can help us learn about contrasts and about the meaning of opposites such as day/night, many/few, and inside/outside. Along the way, the authors invite children and adults to look more closely at these wonderful objects and marvel at the new possibilities they reveal.”
This book teachers about opposites using art. The pages show two opposites for example –
and then it will talk about the objects and asks questions about the differences and sometimes similarities. There are also questions to make you look at the objects closer – like in the example about “Do you see the boat?” and “What sound do cows make?” It also gives credit telling what the work of art is and who made it.
Why I liked this book – I think this is a very fun way to teach about opposites. The pages are really great looking! It is also a great way to teach about art. I really like art museums and I think this is a great way to get kids excited about art. Books like this and “The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Can You Find It?” (read my PPBF post for it HERE) are two of many books that might help.
Activities and Resources – I didn’t have to look far because the authors, who are also museum educators, put a great list of activities in the back of the book! They suggest not only looking at the opposites but also finding similarities.
Another great activity they suggest is to find a picture and try to draw an opposite to it.
The authors also say to use your imagination and make up a story about one of the objects or pretend the people or animals in the paintings can talk. What would they say?
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a totally AWESOME place! If you are in Philadelphia, you should visit it! You can visit it online HERE. You can also visit your local art museum and try to find opposites!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!