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Seductive Subversion

Women Pop Artists 1958–1968

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Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968 is the catalogue of the exhibition of the same title and the first book to survey the achievements of women Pop artists.

Pop Art was one of the most important artistic movements of the late twentieth century. Its adaptation of mediated, popular-culture imagery continues to influence artists, but until now, little attention has been paid to the important contributions that women made to the movement. Pop Art by women dealt less with direct consumerist critiques, instead subversively combating the stereotypical perceptions of women via advertising and film clichés. Work by women Pop artists ranges from Rosalyn Drexler’s surreal filmnoir riffs, Idelle Weber’s New Realism office workers, and Niki de Saint Phalle’s exuberant Nanas to the more controversial and blatantly political statements of Faith Ringgold and Martha Rosler. Pauline Boty and Axell explored female desire, while the innovative soft structures stitched by Yayoi Kusama, Jann Haworth, Patty Mucha, and others form an important contribution to the history of sculpture.

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958–1968 is the catalogue of the first exhibition to expand Pop Art’s narrow critical definition to reflect the significant role of these women artists. The culmination of six years of research by Sid Sachs, this exhibition, organized by the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, is touring nationally. The essays in this catalogue span from London’s Independent Group in the early 1950s to the end of classic Pop in 1968. Written by the art historians Linda Nochlin, Sid Sachs, Kalliopi Minioudaki, Bradford R. Collins, Annika Öhrner, and Sue Tate and the artists Martha Rosler and Patty Mucha, these texts will be revelations and will remain a vital reference for artists, art and cultural historians, and feminists alike. Artworks by more than twenty artists are reproduced, including Pauline Boty, Chryssa, Rosalyn Drexler, Jann Haworth, Yayoi Kusama, and Marisol, as well as now lesser-known figures such as Barbro Östlihn and Dorothy Grebenak. Numerous works are discussed in depth from a number of vantage points.

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A History of Women Photographers

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3rd Edition

The essential illustrated history of women photographers, now updated and expanded to include women working in the twenty-first century.

Women have had a special relationship with the camera since the advent of photographic technology in the mid-nineteenth century. Photographers celebrated women as their subjects, from intimate family portraits and fashion spreads to artistic photography and nude studies, including Man Ray’s Violon d’Ingres. Lesser known—and lesser studied—is the history of women photographers, who continue to make invaluable contributions to this flourishing art form.

A lengthy study with 416 pages and more than 300 illustrations, A History of Women Photographers is the only survey of women photographers working in the past three centuries, and it is impressively comprehensive. In this edition author Naomi Rosenblum expands the book’s coverage, including new photographers and fifteen new images. There are several important revisions throughout the text and to the appendix of photographer biographies. Rosenblum also provides a new Afterword, in which she evaluates the influence of rapidly changing digital technology on the field of photography and how women photographers stand in the twenty-first century.

A History of Women Photographers is a momentous contribution to the study of photography—and an important addition to any shutterbug’s library.

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The Single Father

A Dad's Guide to Parenting without a Partner

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An indispensable resource for all single dads by the author of Abbeville's best-selling New Father series.

In this ground-breaking volume author Armin Brott gives single dads the knowledge, skills, and support they need to become-and remain-actively involved fathers. With the same thoroughness, accessibility, and humor that have made the books in his critically acclaimed New Father series the best and most popular fatherhood guides in the country, Brott steers divorced, separated, gay, widowed, and never-married men through every aspect of fathering without a partner.

Incorporating the advice of top psychologists, lawyers, and other experts, The Single Father offers a wealth of essential information and practical tips. Illustrated with cartoons that underscore the challenges and, yes, even the satisfactions of single parenting, and complete with an extensive list of resources for divorced, widowed, and gay dads, The Single Father is one book no single dad can afford to do without.

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Caravaggio

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2nd Edition

Every extant work by Caravaggio is reproduced in color in this lavish newly updated volume, the long-awaited result of more than 20 years of research by a leading authority on the artist.

In an engaging and informed text, John T. Spike explores in detail Caravaggio's scandalous life and provocative work. Placing Caravaggio within the broad panorama of society and ideas at the turn of the 17th century, the author sets a richly detailed stage for an artist who has been called "the first modern painter." Caravaggio (1571-1610) reflected in his canvases his own desires and spiritual crises to an extent no one ever had imagined possible, and he shocked his contemporaries by portraying the saints and virgins of Christianity with the faces and bodies of his companions and lovers in Rome's demimonde.

Accompanying the book is a critical catalog on CD-ROM in which all of Caravaggio's extant paintings, as well as lost and rejected works, are thoroughly described. Each entry specifies the work's medium, dimensions, location, and provenance, and provides an annotated bibliography of sources. Most of the entries conclude with a brief technical analysis. Much of this scientific data, of prime importance for attribution and dating, has not previously been published.

With its fresh insights, as well as judicious readings of the documents and the physical evidence of the paintings themselves, Caravaggio is the most thorough study on the artist to date, and it will no doubt remain a definitive monograph for many years to come.

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China

A Photographic Journey through the Middle Kingdom

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A spectacular photographic tour of China's natural scenery and architectural landmarks, now available in a charming miniature edition.

This little volume takes us on a visual journey through the greatest splendors of China’s varied geography and the chief monuments of its 5,000-year-old civilization. Its 243 color photographs, which include 12 panoramic gatefolds, show us the country’s most famous landmarks—like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall—as we have never seen them before, and and introduce us to less familiar but just as fascinating sights, like the the multicolored travertine lakes of Huanglong Valley and the beautiful calligraphic inscriptions on the rugged rocks of Mount Taishan. Extended captions at the back of the book provide a concise introduction to the history and significance of each of the forty-four locales depicted, twenty-eight of which have been designated as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

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Discovering the Arts of Japan

A Historical Overview

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A concise and informative illustrated guide to 12,000 years of Japanese art.

Discovering the Arts of Japan is an illustrated history of Japanese art, from prehistoric times through the modern era. The chapters are arranged chronologically, each highlighting a particular historical period and discussing its artistic trends in context. The authors discuss various forms of representative art objects, highlighting important works of architecture, sculpture, paintings, calligraphy, textiles, ceramics, and more. The book features over 230 captioned photographs from leading museums, temples, and rare private collections. A map of Japan provides readers with a visual reference, and the chronology and timeline, which include other cultures’ milestones as well as those of Japan, enable comparison between Japan’s achievements and developments in other countries.

This concise, handy reference book is perfect for anyone interested in Japanese art, whether they be art history students and enthusiasts or tourists visiting Japan. A comprehensive overview of the major trends in art throughout the history of Japan, Discovering the Arts of Japan includes a select bibliography and list of major museums housing collections of Japanese art. Handsomely presented and easy-to-use, this book offers a valuable introduction to the subject, and encourages further in-depth study of specific periods and art forms.

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Women Artists: The National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Revised and updated this compact and impressive little survey features art by women from around the world, from the Renaissance to the present, and in all media.

This handsome volume of works from the renowned collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts—the best-known museum in the world dedicated to recognizing the achievements of women artists—is a fascinating record of women's diverse accomplishments from the Renaissance to the first decade of the twenty-first century. Prior to the establishment of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the work of great women artists had been ignored, forgotten, or denied; they had been largely left out of museums and histories of art.

Founded in 1987 by Wilhelmina Cole Holladay in Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Women in the Arts boasts a growing membership that is among the top ten in the world. The museum's multifaceted treasures include paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, and crafts produced over the past five centuries by an international array of women artists.

Included here, in full color, are works by Lavinia Fontana, Judith Leyster, Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun, Hester Bateman, Rosa Bonheur, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Berenice Abbott, Maria Montoya Martinez, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Lee Krasner, and many more.

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The Human Figure and Jewish Culture

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This wide-ranging, intellectually provocative study argues that artists of Jewish descent have been especially devoted to the human figure on account of their cultural heritage. Abundantly illustrated in full color.

In the twentieth century, the avant-garde movements promoted abstraction and formal experimentation in the visual arts, often dispensing with the human form altogether. Yet many artists of Jewish descent resisted this trend and continued to depict the human figure with sympathy and understanding. Few of them portrayed overtly Jewish themes, but—as Eliane Strosberg argues in this thought-provoking volume—their persistent devotion to the human figure was itself a reflection of their Jewishness. Though their individual styles were diverse, they all used the human figure as a means of communicating, in secular terms, aspects of their Jewish intellectual heritage, such as their humanistic values, passion for social justice, and opposition to the nihilism that underlay so much of modern culture. For this reason, their work may be said to constitute an ethical, if not an aesthetic, art movement, which Strosberg aptly dubs “Human Expressionism.”

Strosberg begins her highly readable text with an overview of Jewish tradition that illuminates the mindset of many Jewish artists. She also provides a concise history of Jewish art from Genesis to the Enlightenment, in which she demonstrates that figurative art has actually had a place in Judaism for thousands of years, despite the Second Commandment’s prohibition of graven images. However, Strosberg devotes the greater part of her study to a comparative analysis of those artists who fall under the rubric of Human Expressionism. Though her scope is impressively broad, ranging from Camille Pissarro to George Segal, she pays particular attention to the immigrant painters of the École de Paris, like Soutine and Modigliani; the American social realists, like Ben Shahn and Raphael Soyer; and the masters of the postwar School of London, like Lucian Freud and R. B. Kitaj.

Illustrated with more than one hundred full-color reproductions of works by the artists under discussion, The Human Figure and Jewish Culture is an essential addition to any library of art history or Judaica.

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Flip-o-saurus

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Create your own prehistoric beasts by mixing and matching the heads, bodies, and tails of different dinosaurs.

This interactive board book lets you mix and match the heads, bodies, and tails of ten real dinosaurs in order to create a thousand different imaginary ones, like the Stegodocus, the Oviplosaurus, or the Diploraptops. It includes interesting facts about each dinosaur part, so you can figure out how your Flip-o-saurus would behave. There’s also a handy chart that shows the actual sizes of the ten dinosaurs that make up the “ingredients” of your Flip-o-saurus, and gives the meaning and pronunciation of their names.

With its fun concept, beautiful artwork, and high production values, this book will make the perfect gift for any kid who loves dinosaurs.

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I Dream of an Elephant

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From the author-illustrator of Abbeville's Big Cat, Small Cat comes a second rhyme-completion concept book, teaching children about colors through bright landscapes of loveable elephants.

I Dream of an Elephant takes readers through a wondrous world where they will encounter elephants of many colorful shades that sing, dance, and play—each in its own vibrant shade. The book's color-themed spreads feature adorably active, wide-eyed elephants in a matching landscape. These illustrations provide the hints needed for children to chime in and complete the missing word (the color) from each rhyming couplet. I Dream of an Elephant teaches children about colors with an interactive, fill-in-the-blank challenge that encourages participation. Accomplished illustrator Ami Rubinger once again turns his imagination and humorous eye to an otherwise simple subject, and his colorful elephants will make little faces smile. The bold graphics are fun and unique, depicting a variety of friendly, flamboyant elephants that will engage young readers while the rhyme game hleps them learn colors.

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Renoir

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The definitive monograph on one of the world's best-loved artists, sumptuously illustrated in full color.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) stands out among the great artists for his willingness to paint pictures that are straightforwardly pretty and charming: he chooses familiar and sympathetic human types as his subjects, and depicts them with an appealing immediacy, using an attractively bright and rosy palette. Not all of his four thousand or so paintings are equally good; some fall short on formal grounds, and others, not surprisingly, sink into sentimentality. But Renoir's best works are masterpieces, perhaps the most joyous and effervescent ones in the history of art—his great monuments to leisure, Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette and Luncheon of the Boating Party; his delicate portraits of women and children, like the winsome Girl with a Watering Can; and his many frankly sensual nudes.

In this highly readable monograph, noted art historian Anne Distel offers an illuminating new account of the life of the man who created such singularly sparkling works. The author deftly narrates Renoir’s rise from apprentice porcelain painter to celebrated artist, quoting judiciously from the painter’s own vivid letters and offering keen analyses of his style at each stage of his sixty-year career. And Distel does not consider that career in isolation, but uses the latest discoveries in the documentary evidence—some of them her own—to re-create the artistic and social milieus in which Renoir worked. She traces his relationships with other artists, both his fellow Impressionists and older contemporaries like Corot and Daubigny as well as the younger Bonnard, Matisse, and Picasso; with writers like Zola, Mallarmé, and Mirbeau; and, in particular, with the dealers and patrons who were so important to his career, like Paul Durand-Ruel, Ambroise Vollard, the Bernheim brothers, the Charpentiers, the Berards, Charles Ephrussi, and Dr. Barnes.

Distel's authoritative text is illustrated throughout with some three hundred beautiful color reproductions of the artist’s finest and most representative works, ensuring that this will be the Renoir monograph of reference for years to come.

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Starstruck

Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood

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A lively, firsthand account of the evolution of a world-class collection of vintage film posters and stills, accompanied by descriptions of the stars and films depicted.

During his more than forty years as a film historian, Ira M. Resnick amassed a superb collection of more than 2,000 vintage movie posters and 1,500 stills. They were never shared with the public until Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood was published in 2010. This remarkable volume features the best of Resnick’s collection, with vivid reproductions of 250 posters and 40 stills from 1912-1962, Hollywood's golden age.

Ira M. Resnick founded the Motion Picture Arts Gallery in Manhattan—the first gallery exclusively devoted to the art of the movies. A renowned institution amongst movie poster collectors, the gallery is now located just outside of New York City in East Rutherford, NJ. A respected figure in the NYC film community, Resnick served as chairman of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 1999 to 2005.

A one-of-a-kind art book, STARSTRUCK combines cinematic history, a guide to poster collecting, firsthand account, and dramatic full-color artwork—a blend of genres that is unlike any other movie poster book. Resnick offers entertaining anecdotes about how he managed to acquire such stellar examples of movie poster art, as well as historical information about the stars and films shown on the pieces he collected. Bonus material includes a list of Resnick’s fifty favorite one-sheets, advice for the movie poster collector, and a glossary of terms and poster sizes. A must-have book for every collector and film buff, STARSTRUCK offers a beautifully illustrated, personal tour of a bygone age of the motion picture advertising industry.

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How Artists See Jr. Boxed Set

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Available in a handsome boxed set, the How Artists See Jr. series introduces young children to the varied, beautiful ways in which artists see the world.

The How Artists See Jr. board books are a child’s first introduction to the magic and beauty of art. Like a miniature museum exhibit that parent and child can explore together, each book features twelve diverse works of art from around the world, centered on a theme that little ones love: Babies, Dogs, Horses, or Trains. Packaged in a smart, sturdy  slipcase, this four-book set is now more attractive, portable, and “gift-worthy” than ever.

By grouping pictures by theme, the series engages early learners, helping them see the familiar in unfamiliar ways. This enlightened and proven approach for bringing art to children, combined with the books’ comfortable size and colorful presentation, is ideal for the board book age group. Designed specifically to encourage adult-child interaction, the books also feature suggested questions for Mom, Dad, or the caregiver to ask while browsing. Preschool art teachers find How Artists See Jr. a perfect complement to their programs.

Whether poring over Monet’s steam-shrouded locomotives, Jeff Koons’s giant puppies, or engravings of horses from ancient Egypt, young readers of How Artists See Jr. will delight in discovering how the world can be transformed by great artists’ creativity—and their own.

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Wristwatch Annual 2010

The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models, and Specifications

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The definitive book for the collector of mechanical wristwatches, with complete information—including prices—on over 1,400 models made by more than 120 international brands.

Each year brings hundreds of new wristwatch designs, with aesthetic and mechanical changes and improvements, limited edition watches, and new producers, keeping this field exciting for collectors. This twelfth edition of what has become a watch industry classic features over 1,400 of the world’s most luxurious wristwatches and provides color photographs and complete specifications for each watch. With Wristwatch Annual 2010, collectors have a wealth of information close at hand: the book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and within each producer’s section are specifications and materials for each watch, including price, movement, special features, complications, case, dial, band, and available variations of a particular model. A glossary and pronunciation guide help acclimate the reader to the world of fine timepieces, and, for prospective buyers, the addresses of all featured producers are listed together. The elegant photography and layout will encourage people to peruse the year’s offerings for aesthetic appeal as well. The range of styles, from classic to modern, reflects the inclusive nature of this book, which watch collectors the world over will find both a handy reference and required reading.

Featured manufacturers: Alpina; Angular Momentum; Anonimo; Arnold & Son; Audemars Piguet; Aviator; Azimuth; Ball Watch; Baume & Mercier; Bell & Ross; Ernst Benz; Benzinger; Blancpain; Blu; Bozeman Watch; Rainer Brand; Martin Braun; Breguet; Breitling; Brior; BRM; Carl F. Bucherer; Bvlgari; Cartier; Chopard; Chronoswiss; Frédérique Constant; Corum; Cuervo y Sobrinos; Cvstos; Cyclos; De Bethune; De Grisogono; DeWitt; D. Dornblüth & Sohn; Doxa; Dubey & Schaldenbrand; Roger Dubuis; Ebel; Eberhard & Co.; Epos; Eterna; Jacques Etoile; Fabergé; Ferrari; Fortis; Gérald Genta; Girard-Perregaux; Glashütte Original; Glycine; Graham; GreubelForsey; Hamilton; Hanhart; Hautlence; Hublot; IWC; Jacob & Co.; Jaeger-LeCoultre; Jaquet Droz; JeanRichard; F.P. Journe; Kobold; Pierre Kunz; Maurice Lacroix; Lang & Heyne; A. Lange & Söhne; Limes; Longines; Giuliano Mazzuoli; MeisterSinger; Richard Mille; Milus; Louis Moinet; Montblanc; H. Moser & Cie.; Mühle Glashütte; Franck Muller; Ulysse Nardin; Thomas Ninchritz; Nivrel; Nomos; Omega; Oris; Panerai; Parmigiani; Patek Philippe; Perrelet; Piaget; Paul Picot; Porsche Design; Rado; RGM; Rodolphe; Rolex; Romain Jerome; Daniel Roth; Scalfaro; Jörg Schauer; Schaumburg Watch; Alain Silberstein; Sinn; Sothis; Stowa; Swiss Legend; Swiss Watch International; TAG Heuer; Temption; Tissot; Tutima; UTS; Vacheron Constantin; Ventura; Villemont; Vogard; Vostok-Europe; Wempe Chronometerwerke; Wempe Zeitmeister; Harry Winston; Zenith.

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The Vatican Gardens

An Architectural and Horticultural History

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An authoritative, visually stunning study of one of the world's most imitated and venerated gardens.

The inspiration for virtually all of Rome’s famous gardens, the Vatican Gardens first flourished during the Middle Ages and have awed visitors ever since. Yet despite their importance to the history of Western gardens and art, no full-length study of the gardens has previously been published. With the release of The Vatican Gardens—the third in a series co-published with the Vatican that also includes The Sistine Chapel: A New Vision and The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure—these important gardens have at last received their full due.

Covering the period from the thirteenth century through 1930, when the Vatican became a state, The Vatican Gardens explores the plants, planters, and architectural structures of the gardens in fascinating detail. Here you will learn about such celebrated gardeners as Michele Mercate, who around 1570 introduced the rarest plants of his time to the Vatican, and the great botanist Johannes Faber. The famous Cortile del Belvedere courtyard, designed by Donato Branmante for Pope Julius II and envisioned as a vast outdoor room, is brought to vibrant life through word and image. Discussion of the Gardens’ symbolic significance, agricultural functions, and upkeep by such gardening popes as Leo XIII—as well as of the gardens at Castel Gandolfo, the pope's four-centuries-old summer residence—completes this authoritative volume.

Illustrated throughout with newly commissioned images and plans as well as historic pictures and diagrams, and featuring research that—among much else—establishes the Vatican Gardens as the oldest botanical garden in Italy, this original volume belongs in the libraries of landscape gardeners, architects, historians, and visitors to Rome.

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Baby Animals

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This series of four books with moveable, pop-up features engages children with an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Recommened for 3-6 year olds

Across the country, parents are browsing bookstore shelves looking for the perfect children’s book to pop out at them. Well, Little Discoveries is it: a new interactive pop-up, pull-out children’s board book series. The first four of these moveable, three-dimensional books are entitled Baby Animals, Numbers, Colors, and Wild Animals.

Providing for a fun-yet-factual learning experience, these books allow children to connect physically with the books’ lessons by moving objects on the page. Children will delight in swinging a mother and baby monkey from a vine, turning a wheel to change a boy’s hair color, and uncovering the results of color mixing. Through these dynamic animations young children learn about everything from numbers to animal habitats.

With two levels of text—short/simple narrative as well as more detailed explanations—Little Discoveries appeals to a range of young ages. While a toddler responds to the bright colors and interactivity and needs to have a parent read the text, a school-age child will be engaged by new ideas and concepts to be discovered under the pages’ flaps, on such subjects as color theory and endangered species.

Offering vivid, colorful images, moveable features, and an informative text from several talented writers, animators, and illustrators, the Little Discoveries books average twelve sturdy full-color pages with a glossy padded cover—perfect for even the youngest of children.

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Colors

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This series of four books with moveable, pop-up features engages children with an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Recommended for 2 to 5 year-olds

Across the country, parents are browsing bookstore shelves looking for the perfect children’s book to pop out at them. Well, Little Discoveries is it: a new interactive pop-up, pull-out children’s board book series. The first four of these moveable, three-dimensional books are entitled Baby Animals, Numbers, Colors, and Wild Animals.

Providing for a fun-yet-factual learning experience, these books allow children to connect physically with the books’ lessons by moving objects on the page. Children will delight in swinging a mother and baby monkey from a vine, turning a wheel to change a boy’s hair color, and uncovering the results of color mixing. Through these dynamic animations young children learn about everything from numbers to animal habitats.

With two levels of text—short/simple narrative as well as more detailed explanations—Little Discoveries appeals to a range of young ages. While a toddler responds to the bright colors and interactivity and needs to have a parent read the text, a school-age child will be engaged by new ideas and concepts to be discovered under the pages’ flaps, on such subjects as color theory and endangered species.

Offering vivid, colorful images, moveable features, and an informative text from several talented writers, animators, and illustrators, the Little Discoveries books average twelve sturdy full-color pages with a glossy padded cover—perfect for even the youngest of children.

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Numbers

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This series of four books with moveable, pop-up features engages children with an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Recommended for 2 to 5 year-olds

Across the country, parents are browsing bookstore shelves looking for the perfect children’s book to pop out at them. Well, Little Discoveries is it: a new interactive pop-up, pull-out children’s board book series. The first four of these moveable, three-dimensional books are entitled Baby Animals, Numbers, Colors, and Wild Animals.

Providing for a fun-yet-factual learning experience, these books allow children to connect physically with the books’ lessons by moving objects on the page. Children will delight in swinging a mother and baby monkey from a vine, turning a wheel to change a boy’s hair color, and uncovering the results of color mixing. Through these dynamic animations young children learn about everything from numbers to animal habitats.

With two levels of text—short/simple narrative as well as more detailed explanations—Little Discoveries appeals to a range of young ages. While a toddler responds to the bright colors and interactivity and needs to have a parent read the text, a school-age child will be engaged by new ideas and concepts to be discovered under the pages’ flaps, on such subjects as color theory and endangered species.

Offering vivid, colorful images, moveable features, and an informative text from several talented writers, animators, and illustrators, the Little Discoveries books average twelve sturdy full-color pages with a glossy padded cover—perfect for even the youngest of children.

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