‘A’ is for apple – as in Gustave Courbet’s Apples, Pears and Primroses on a Table, oil on canvas. ‘B’ is for Buddha – as in India: Tamil Nadu, Buddha Shakyamuni, granite statue. Picturing the ABCs at the Norton Simon Museum takes children on a tour through the museum’s collection, using the alphabet as a guide.
Each alphabet page shows kids the letter and reference, with a cutout highlighting an object on the next page, which is part of the picture or statue featured. Beautiful works of art from Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Henri Rousseau, as well as many others, are showcased in this beautiful ABC book.
Masterpieces come alive for children as they spy an umbrella, quill, or kite. These objects lead them to see the picture in a way they can understand and appreciate, as they notice the small details. The Norton Simon Museum has created a beautiful book for kids that will teach them the ABCs while also opening their consciousness to greats works of art. I highly recommend this unique art book.
Reviewer: Alice Berger