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.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable 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 JNF006000, JNF006040
Dewey 704.9'49973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.375 x 8.875
Lexile 140
Guided Reading Level P
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Author: Bob Raczka

Author of the art appreciation series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures, Bob Raczka studied both art and advertising in college. He has worked as an advertising writer for 30+ years, and has published more than 30 children's books. His work has received multiple awards including the Claudia Lewis Award for his first poetry book, Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor for Niko Draws a Feeling. Bob and his wife Amy have three grown children, Robert, Carl and Emma, plus two dogs, Penny and Pippa. He is based in Illinois.



“. . .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.”

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