Friday, March 20, 2009

Children's art at the library

Today was the third Friday of the month -- meaning a free concert at the local library. No, no musical instrument pictures this time -- my battery supply gave out well before the music started. Besides, a picture of a violin being bowed is much the same, whether it is playing Telemann or Dvorak. However, inasmuch as the concert venue is on the same floor as the children's library, I always peek in to see the current displays as well as Tippy the dinosaur's current costume.

Currently, the feature is a series of shadow boxes and/or mobiles by students at Skyview School depicting scenes from popular children's books. Unfortunately, I'm not up-to-date on the current crop of kid lit, so can't make informed comment on the art; however, I thought that my readers might find it fun.

Apparently, the Warriors series, about cats, is quite popular nowadays. The author of this display made small clay models of all the lead felines in the books. Not all are even showing in this picture...

This month, Tippy the dinosaur is masquerading as a dog; that's what 61 of the children voted for, apparently. Note the tongue, ears, canines and spots, all sure indicators of dog-ness.

Today was also a day to find out about the story teller that always sits on one of the shelves. Turns out the Hopi mudface family was made in papier-mache by Joyce, one of the children's librarians. Very popular, clay story tellers will be found in most Southwestern Indian art and tourist shops.


Linda G. said...

Those are pretty imaginative illustrations for books!
Too, I'm really impressed with the paper-mache story teller. Now there's a lost art.....

Anonymous said...

Warrior Cats, eh?

I must look up those books. :)

~Anon in AV.

Granny J said...

lindag -- I suppose that the kids worked from the book illustrations. Modern books for youngsters usually have excellent art, whatever the reminder of the content is. However I am convinced that all children should read the same kids' books that their parents and grandparents read to maintain some sort of social continuity, since our schools are doing their damnedest to destroy that continuity...

anon av -- yes, indeed. They sound not bad from the Amazon reviews. Apparently, there are at least three sets of books in the series.

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