He Saw the World in a Wave
by Susie Hodge
This series of books for children is published in conjunction with New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each entry is beautifully illustrated and gives a sense of the artist’s spirit and sensibility. This time the artist featured is a well-known Japanese one.
Even as an adult who has taken art history classes, I learned new things in reading this title. For example, the artist changed his name many times, lived to a rather old age and was interested not only in Japanese art.
Children will learn that Hokusai was adopted, that he studied with many artists and that he constantly wanted to improve. They will see that he was an artist who developed his own style during a time when there was much conformity in Japan.
The author invites children in. She offers them art projects that they might want to explore. As in the other volumes, there are some special sections at the end of the book.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this enjoyable title. All opinions are my own.