I Spy by Lucy Micklethwait
An Alphabet in Art

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"I spy with my little eye something beginning with A..." Even the very youngest art lovers can spy out the apple in Magritte's Son of Man through the zigzags in de Geest's Portrait of a Child. Interact with twenty-six of the world's greatest paintings in this educational, entertaining, and beautiful pairing of a classic game with timeless art.

 

About Lucy Micklethwait

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Lucy Micklethwait says, "I began to play 'I Spy' with paintings with my own children when they were very young. Over and over again my children pointed out things which I had never noticed before--an apple that had fallen to the floor, a funny-shaped shoe, an expression on a face. Although we were simply 'looking at pictures, ' I was well aware that, by making these paintings accessible, I was enabling my children to build up a store of images in their own minds which must inevitably lead to some interest in fine art." Ms. Micklethwait's books for children include "I Spy Shapes in Art"; "I Spy: An Alphabet in Art"; "I Spy Two Eyes: Numbers in Art".
 
Published September 16, 1992 by Greenwillow Books. 64 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Arts & Photography.

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A childhood game becomes an unusual alphabet book: readers are challenged to search fine paintings (their dates ranging from a 15th-century illuminated book to a 1967 painting by David Hockney;

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Companion to I Spy: An Alphabet in Art (1992): an unusual counting book in which objects are ``spied'' in 19 fine paintings (mostly Western) and one woodblock print, by artists ranging from Botticelli to Robert Indiana.

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Micklethwait continues in her ``I Spy'' tradition (I Spy Two Eyes, 1993, etc.) in this latest game of looking at art.

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A foreword cheerily instructs adults in the use of the work: “Look for the shape I have chosen .

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Shape recognition and fine art once again intersect in Lucy Micklethwait's I Spy Shapes in Art.

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From the single fly readers spy on the simple white headdress of a woman in a 15th-century portrait to the 20 angels in Botticelli's Mystic Nativity, they count their way through art history.

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From the simplest of premises, Micklethwait has fashioned a remarkably rich investigation into the pleasures of looking at paintings.

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