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*The Art Collector* by Jan Wahl, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
 
Also illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet:

The Little Red Elf
The Art Collector
by Jan Wahl, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
Ages 5-8 32 pages Charlesbridge July 2011 Hardcover    

Ever wonder why someone begins collecting art? This picture book answers that question.

Little Oscar realizes that he doesnít draw very well, but he still loves looking at pictures. He saves a picture a relative drew for him and then buys an inexpensive picture at a flea market.

As he gets older, the boy keeps purchasing artwork, and soon his room is full of framed pictures. This continues into adulthood and his art collection becomes very famous. Eventually it is placed in a museum.

The message hereóthat you donít have to be able to create art to enjoy itóis an excellent one. Read this book with your child and be sure to launch a discussion about why he or she likes looking at pictures and what kind of pictures he or she likes gazing at. Cap that with a trip to a local museum or gallery.
 


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