Summer Reading List

Fine Arts

August 08, 1999|By Randi Kest

About this page: Appearing monthly during the summer, this page provides youngsters and their parents with age-appropriate readings suggested by local experts and regional libraries. Also included are activities and fun facts for entertainment and learning.

Fine Arts

Suggested titles

Infants and preschoolers

1. "All I See" by Cynthia Rylant

2. "The Art Lesson" by Tomie dePaola

3. "Ben's Trumpet" by Rachel Isadora

4. "A Blue Butterfly: A Story About Claude Monet" by Bijou Le Tord

5. "Bravo, Tanya" by Patricia Lee Gauch

6. "Fox On Stage" by James Marshall

7. "I Am an Artist" by Pat Lowery Collins

8. "Mama Don't Allow" by Thacher Hurd

9. "Mole Music" by David McPhail

10. "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin" by Lloyd Moss

Ages 4 to 8

1. "Amadeus Mozart" by Ibi Lepscky

2. "Duke Ellington" by Andrea Davis Pinkney

3. "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" retold by Tomie dePaola

4. "Marie in Fourth Position: The Story of Degas' 'The Little Dancer' " by Amy Littlesugar

5. "Matthew's Dream" by Leo Lionni

6. "Michelangelo's Surprise" by Tony Parillo

7. "My Name is Georgia" by Jeanette Winter (excerpted on Page 8l of today's Home & Family section)

8. "Painting the Wind: A Story of Vincent van Gogh" by Michelle Dionetti

9. "Satchmo's Blues" by Alan Schroeder (will be excerpted in Wednesday's Today section)

10. "Swan Lake" by Rachel Isadora

Ages 9 to 12

1. "Ballet Stories" chosen by Harriet Castor

2. "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" by Barbara Nichol

3. "A Drawing in the Sand: A Story of African American Art" by Jerry Butler

4. "Grandma Moses: Painter of Rural America" by Zibby Oneal

5. "Linnea in Monet's Garden" by Christina Bjork

6. "Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (And What the Neighbors Thought)" by Kathleen Krull

7. "Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (And What the Neighbors Thought)" by Kathleen Krull

8. "Ribbons" by Laurence Yep

9. "Theater Shoes" by Noel Streatfeild

10. "A Weekend with Picasso" by Florian Rodari

Quiz time

Infants and preschoolers

In "All I See," how does shy Charlie let Gregory know he's been admiring his work?

In "The Art Lesson," what does Tommy get for his birthday that he's not allowed to use in art class?

In "Ben's Trumpet," why do the kids make fun of Ben?

In "A Blue Butterfly: A Story About Claude Monet," in what city and country does Monet paint?

In "Bravo, Tanya," who sneaks up on Tanya and Barbara Bear while they dance in the field?

In "Fox on Stage," what's the name of Fox's play?

In "I Am an Artist," what does it take to be an artist?

In "Mama Don't Allow," how does Miles save the Swamp Band?

In "Mole Music," what does Mole want to do after learning to play the violin?

In "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin," which instrument has "steely keys that softly click" and "breezy notes so darkly slick?"

Ages 4 to 8

In "Amadeus Mozart," when did his parents realize Mozart had a talent?

In "Duke Ellington," what kind of music sets "Duke's fingers to wiggling?"

In "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush," what is Little Gopher's name changed to?

In "Marie in Fourth Position: The Story of Degas' 'The Little Dancer,' " what contest does Monsieur Degas enter his sculpture in?

In "Matthew's Dream," what does Matthew dream he and Nicoletta are walking through?

In "Michelangelo's Surprise," what surprise does the famous artist present to the people?

In "My Name is Georgia," what types of flowers does Georgia paint?

In "Painting the Wind: A Story of Vincent van Gogh," why is Vincent driven out of Arles?

In "Satchmo's Blues," where does Louis buy his horn?

In "Swan Lake," what must Siegfried do to break the spell sorcerer Von Rothbart puts on the handmaidens?

Ages 9 to 12

In the "Ballet Stories" chapter titled "Lucy Jane and the Russian Ballet," what happens to Lucy Jane and Marie?

In "Beethoven Lives Upstairs," why does Christoph start writing to his Uncle Karl?

In "A Drawing in the Sand: A Story of African American Art," what subject did artist Romare Bearden study at New York University?

In "Grandma Moses: Painter of Rural America," what major events did Grandma Moses witness in her lifetime?

In "Linnea in Monet's Garden," how do Linnea and Mr. Bloom get inside the Water Lily Rooms?

In "Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (And What the Neighbors Thought)," why did Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remain such good friends?

In "Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (And What the Neighbors Thought)," how did Giuseppe Verdi's mother save his life?

In "Ribbons," why can't Robin take ballet lessons anymore?

In "Theater Shoes," who shows up to surprise Sorrel, Mark and Holly on Christmas 1943?

In "A Weekend with Picasso," what is the artist's idea of a perfect ending to an afternoon?

Answers will appear on the Sept. 5 Parent & Child page. Or check them out on The Sun's Web page at


Chinese egg painting

Chinese egg painting is an ancient tradition still in use today. It was so special that the Chinese put painted eggs in holy buildings as an offering to God.


White chicken egg

Watercolor paints

Cup of water

Small paintbrush

Paper clip

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