The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco

Book cover for The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia PolaccoI’m a big fan of author and illustrator Patricia Polacco, so I was thrilled to see she has a new book, “The Art of Miss Chew.” The story is based on a real person who made an impact on her life: “Violet Chew not only taught me how to see, but how to perceive, evaluate, and appreciate the beauty of art.”

Patricia brings her signature style to another moving autobiographical work. Patricia has a learning disability that she wrote about in an earlier book, “Thank You, Mr. Falker,” and she addresses it in this new work as well. She was fortunate to have been educated by several caring, nurturing teachers who tried to bring out the best in their students. In her tribute to Miss Chew, she expresses how important art was in her life. I recommend this book for ages 5 and up.

Reading this book reminded me of the benefits of arts education for children and brought to my mind other excellent picture books about art and creativity:
The Art Lesson” by Tomie dePaola (ages 4-8)
Willow” by Denise Brennan-Nelson (K-3rd)
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle (all ages)
Bear’s Picture” by Daniel Pinkwater

Do you have a favorite children’s book about art? Share it with us in the comments.

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