Michelangelo For Kids His Life And Ideas, With 21 Activities (Paperback)

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Simonetta Carr
Chicago Review Press


Young art buffs will discover various aspects of Michelangelo's life and work

Michelangelo Buonarroti—known simply as Michelangelo—has been called the greatest artist who has ever lived. His impressive masterpieces astonished his contemporaries and remain some of today's most famous artworks. Young readers will come to know Michelangelo the man as well as the artistic giant, following his life from his childhood in rural Italy to his emergence as a rather egotistical teenager to a humble and caring old man. They'll learn that he did exhausting, back-breaking labor to create his art yet worked well, even with humor, with others in the stone quarry and in his workshop. Michelangelo for Kids offers an in-depth look at his life, ideas, and accomplishments, while providing a fascinating view of the Italian Renaissance and how it shaped and affected his work. Budding artists will come to appreciate Michelangelo's techniques and understand exactly what made his work so great. Twenty-one creative, fun, hands-on activities illuminate Michelangelo's various artistic mediums as well as the era in which he lived. Kids can: make homemade paint, learn the cross-hatching technique used by Michelangelo, make an antique statue, build a model fortification, compose a Renaissance-style poem, and much more.

pages: 144

Binding: Paperback


"To understand the term Renaissance man, one need only read this biography of Michelangelo." —Booklist

"This intelligently written, comprehensive, and fascinating account of the Renaissance icon's life, art, personal and professional relationships, and prickly personality and the ways in which he navigated the religious and political upheavals of his time are handled smoothly and with sophisticated language." —School Library Journal

"It's completely worth your money… Michelangelo for Kids is entertaining and is exactly the sort of nonfiction book I would have picked up when I was 9 or 10. Though written for children, adults will enjoy it, too. It would be a great coffee table book for art and history enthusiasts alike." —Cracking the Cover

"There is a vast amount of information here, and readers will come away with a clear sense of who Michelangelo was as a person." —School Library Connection 

"A thoughtfully written, readily accessible, and beautifully illustrated immersion in the life of this extraordinary artist." —All About the Books with Janet Squires

"I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good way to teach their kids about Michelangelo, the Renaissance, or art history." —Batch of Books

Author Biography

Simonetta Carr has translated several books from English into Italian and has written for newspapers and magazines around the world, including the Jordan Times, Bangkok Post, Arab-American Business, and Modern Reformation. She is the author of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, which includes John Calvin, Augustine of Hippo, and others.