Touch the Art: Catch Picasso's Rooster by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo (ARV $12.95): Like most children, painters throughout history have loved animals—and this gallery of delightfully touchable creatures showcases a menagerie of artistic beasts. Little hands will enjoy stroking a red feather on Picasso’s The Rooster, feeling soft fleece in Milton Avery’s Sheep, 1952, and petting a kitten’s whiskers in Henri Rousseau’s The Tabby. They can even smell a scratch-and-sniff cheese surface on van Gogh’s Two Rats!
Little Music Man loved how animals were featured in all of the art. He was able to touch A Couple of Foxhounds’ ears, a cute Hare, and more!
Touch the Art: Tickle Tut's Toes by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo (ARV $12.95): Experience the wonders of ancient Egypt! This long-gone civilization will come alive for kids when they actually feel a gold coffin with the tomb of the legendary King Tut, the scratchy pyramids at Giza, the gauzy covering on a mummy, and Nefertiti’s jewels. It’s a really cool way to make both art and history accessible to even the youngest children.
Little Music Man was able to feel how rough a Sarcophagus was, and also feel the sail of a Painted Wooden Model Boat. The rhymes on each page added to the appeal of this book.
These Touch the Art books are such a great idea, incorporating masterpieces of art into such a fun book. My boys loved feeling the elements, and the images are amazing! Not only are they fun for my boys, but I really enjoyed them too! Information about all of the artifacts is listed in the back of each book, and I learned how, why, when, and by whom the pieces were made.
The Touch the Art books are such a neat idea, integrating classic art pieces and a child’s senses to enhance the reading experience. Now I can’t wait to take my boys to see real art, but I’ll just have to make sure they don’t touch the REAL art!
Thank you to Sterling Publishing for providing the products for review free of charge. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
Gem is a Hawaii Mom Blogger who posts reviews and giveaways, and blogs about life in Hawaii as a mom of 3 boys, including one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to travel, bake, and eat anything with chocolate.