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" Which is precisely what he does. Beginning with naturalism and ending with photorealism, with many stops along the way, this compact overview documents the shifts, both in terms of technique as well as subject matter, that differentiate each style from its predecessors. Each ism gets a two-page spread, with a beautifully reproduced example facing a page that details what the style is, when and where it was popular, famous practitioners, important characteristics, and a paragraph explaining what makes the work shown a good stylistic example. Raczka doesn't often choose the most famous painting—or even the foremost artist—associated with a specific style, but instead finds something kids may be unfamiliar with, which ensures they will be looking with fresh eyes. An obvious choice for museum-bound children to glean a few basics of what they're about to see, this is also indispensable for any middle-grade classrooms introducing art history. Grades 5-8. --Ian Chipman --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.