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Paperback Details
  • 12/2016
  • 978-1480828346
  • 42 pages
  • $14.95
Hardcover Book Details
  • 12/2016
  • 9781480828353
  • 42 pages
  • $19.95
Jo O'Mara
Author, Illustrator
The Elephants of Art: An Educational Art Story
Jo O'Mara, author

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

The Elements of Art are the artist’s guide to creativity: line, shape, color, texture, space, value & form. We use them everyday in everything we do and it’s never to early for children to take notice. The Elephants of Art is the first in a fun series of educational art stories that introduce young kids to these basics and art history as well. This entertaining story will capture different levels of interest for children ages 2 and up. In the first book we meet Little Toulouse, a tiny but tenacious mouse named after French artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Too-loose LeTrek.) When his art teacher encourages him to get to know the Elements of Art, the confused mouse searches for Elephants instead. Little Toulouse travels through bold colorful pages to meet Linus, the elephant of line, Starla, the elephant of shape and Rainbow, the elephant of color. They teach Toulouse about each of these elements, but more importantly, they show him what great artwork he can make when he uses them together.
Reviews
Toulouse, a gray mouse in a bowler hat, is confused by his art teacher’s reference to the “elements of art” and assumes that she meant the “elephants of art.” Setting out to find these important pachyderms, Toulouse meets three personable elephants, who are eager to share their knowledge: Linus, the elephant of line; Starla, the elephant of shape; and Rainbow, the elephant of color. Each elephant demonstrates the role played by his or her element and how the concepts work together to create art. “We came to show you how to put these pieces, or elements, together to make something beautiful,” explains Linus. O’Mara incorporates bright colors and eye-catching patterns into her collage-style graphics, filling the pages with lines, colors, and shapes that visually underscore what Toulouse is learning. Although some readers might be slightly confused by the literal manifestation of Toulouse’s misunderstanding, the book’s wordplay (including the connections between the elephants’ names and the concepts they represent) should help them remember the elements discussed. O’Mara, an art educator, packs a fair amount of information in this outing, the first in a planned series. Ages 2–up. (BookLife)
News
02/10/2017
Elephants on TV!

ELEPHANTS on TV!! One on One, a PBS affiliated show hosted by four-time Emmy Award-winning host Steve Adubato. An exciting invite to discuss The Elephants of Art. Discussion: using fun and humor to engage young children as they learn about the fundamentals of art. March airdate to be anounced.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 12/2016
  • 978-1480828346
  • 42 pages
  • $14.95
Hardcover Book Details
  • 12/2016
  • 9781480828353
  • 42 pages
  • $19.95

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