Girls Reading Books

Reading, captured through art. What could be more beautiful? Marcia Strykowski shows us.

Marcia Strykowski

XX Albert_Anker_Lesendes_Mädchen 1905Have you ever watched a child, or anyone for that matter, deeply engrossed in a book? Maybe they wear a slight Mona Lisa smile. Maybe they glance away from the page for a minute, but still have a faraway look in their eyes. Or maybe they even cry, gasp, or laugh out loud. There are so many gorgeous paintings from the 19th century of people reading books. This one (upper right) is slightly after that period (1905) and is by Albrecht Samuel Anker (April 1, 1831 – July 16, 1910). He was a popular Swiss painter and illustrator who often depicted scenes of 19th-century Swiss village life. XX Eduard_Klieber_(Kopie_nach_Meyer_von_Bremen)_Lesendes_Mädchen_1855For the sake of post length, I’ve limited my favorite portrayals to the following: young girls reading books by themselves. The picture at left was created in 1855 by Austrian painter Eduard Klieber (1803-1879).  It was around the time of many of these paintings (mid 1800s)…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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5 Responses to Girls Reading Books

  1. I used to love watching my children as they read, they became so engrossed in the story. Now I see the same thing with my grandchildren, it’s wonderful.

  2. I feel like a child again every time I pick up a book – there is so much that we can learn. We don’t have to be young to be child-like. 🙂
    Kindness – Robert.

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