The Art of Freedom

How Artists See America

From the Series Bob Raczka's Art Adventures

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

What is America? Shape a fascinating image of the United States through the eyes of eighteen artists who have painted, sculpted, and photographed the U.S. landscape and culture. This latest art adventure from Bob Raczka features works from John Trumbull, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jasper Johns, and many more.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2008-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF006040, JNF006000
Dewey 704.9'49973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.375 x 8.875
Lexile 140
Guided Reading Level P
Features Reviewed



“. . .the 18 beautifully reproduced works of art in this collection cut a swath across the country—including farms and cities, baseball and jazz, hard work and sacrifice, native peoples and immigrants.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Paintings, sculpture and photographs depicting American scenes and people and representing artists and styles from the 18th century to the present are the focus of Raczka’s latest lesson in exposing young minds to viewing and understanding art.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections

“Paintings, photographs, and sculpture are used to illustrate broad ideas about American landscape, history, and values in this thoughtful study.” —School Library Journal – Curriculum Connections

Author: Bob Raczka

Bob Raczka and his wife Amy are the co-creators of three masterpieces: Robert, Carl and Emma. They live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their dog Rufus, who is also a piece of work. As a boy, Bob loved to draw—especially dinosaurs, cars, and airplanes. He also enjoyed making paper airplanes and model rockets. He's a lifelong Cubs fan. Thanks to good grades (and some help from his high school art teachers) he went to college at the University of Illinois, where he majored in art. On a whim, Bob took an advertising copywriting class and loved it. When he graduated, he became an advertising writer. But when his first child, Robert, was born, he rediscovered children's books and thought, "I want to do this." So Bob began sending out manuscripts and collecting rejection letters. Five years later, he sold his first manuscript, a book about art called No One Saw. Little did he know, it would become the first book in his ongoing series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures.