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Snail Trail: In Search of a Modern Masterpiece

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A colourful snail asks you to help him look for his favourite painting. Follow his silver trail through a selection of famous modern paintings by an exciting range of modern artists including Pollock, Rothko, Mondrian, Dali, Picasso and Matisse in search of a piece of art that represents him.Paintings reproduced in the book:Pablo Picasso Maya in a Sailor Suit, 1938. MOMABa ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published 2010)
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The Library Lady
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This might have been really good, but the text is stilted. Art teachers may be able to use it, but it's not as much fun as reviews in the "professional" journals made it out to be. Sigh......... ...more
Ian McHugh
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A little snail leads readers through artworks with the help of a silvery trail that can be traced by little fingers. The artworks are big and colourful and engaging. The lack of context (even in a small supporting text box) and the dull text - why not fill the page in big colourful funky lettering? - was a disappointment. The girls engaged and I am sure our copy will prompt more discussion.
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This colorful snail crawls past seven works of famous modern artists while leading us to exhibit number 8 by Henri Matisse which snail claims was inspired by him/her/it. Children will enjoy running a finger along the silvery snail trail.
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-700
Title: Snail Trail by Jo Saxton
Summary: A snail searches masterpieces looking for the painting that inspired his shell’s design.
Age: 4-6 years
Rating: Maybe
The book exposes children to work by the “traditional masters”: Pollack, Dali, Picasso, Matisse, etc.
The story is written in rhyme, which gives it a cheerful tone.
There are better books to expose children to “traditional masters”. By including women and minority painters Saxton could have breathed some excitement and variety into
May 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really, really wanted to like this book. The cover is intriguing and I loved the idea of a tour through art. But this book fell completely flat.

The text was dull and uninspired. The illustrations were fine, for as far as they went. They would have been so much better if they had been bigger and identified on the same page.

Janet Squires
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A colorful snail leads the readers through an assortment of paintings by well-known masters in search of the one like himself.

The rhyming text makes a brief observation of each work beginning with Jackson Pollock and ending with Henri Matisse's collage, The Snail. The book is an enjoyable introduction to looking at art for readers in K-3.
This beautiful art-inspired picture book takes the reader on a journey through modern art and provides a kindergarten-friendly access point for discussion on art appreciation, plus welcome inspiration for children's own artistic masterpieces. ...more
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Books that are overly rhyme-y without a fantastic rhythm are irritating. However, I'm always pretty desperate for books about art that aren't too text heavy. Cute premise for an introduction to modern art, focusing on several lesser-known works. ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A rhyming introduction to modern art, this is a simple but effective and gentle introduction to several famous pictures. I'd use it as an extension to Donaldson's Snail and the Whale - both have silvery trails. ...more
Quite a good one to read to youngies up to about Grade 1. And it would bounce you off in all sorts of other directions, looking at famous artists' works and styles. ...more
Debby Baumgartner
One on one younger children love following the snail's trail with their finger. Picture credits were a great help. Good book for a school art program that introduces young children to art masters. ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Would be great to read before an art program doing collages
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Would be great to use with a preschool program about artists - particularly Matisse.
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it
great intro to modern art for kids
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Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great introduction to art for young kids but the ending is a little long and wordy for the age group it was intended for.
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