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The Fairy Tale Revisited

Katia Canton

Originally written in English, the book provides answers to basic questions: what fairy tales are, What are their meanings? Based on a doctor’s degree research, the book investigates the contexts where different versions of the same tales – Cinderella, Blue Beard, the Girl Who Did Not Have Hands – were written and staged.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

I suggest an investigation about the readers’ favorite fairy tales and a discussion about their justifications and memories.

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E o Príncipe Dançou: The fairy tales, from the oral tradition to the Contemporaneous Dance

Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora Ática, 1994, 238 pages.

ISBN 8508051239

Subjects: fairy tales, arts, dance

Interdisciplinarity: story, arts, literature

Transversal Themes: Cultural plurality

Suggestion: adults

SUMMARY

Adapted on the author’s doctor’s degree about the fairy tales in their different versions along the time, the book analyses particularly three contexts: Charles Perrault’s production, in France of 17th century, the Grimm brothers in Germany, in the beginning of the 19th century, the United Sates during the 1930s and 40s, about Walt Disney’s movie adaptation. The fairy tales are studied in its versions in the literature, dance and ballet.



SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

We propose a creation and investigation workshop based on Cinderella, the most popular fairy tale of all. There are 406 registered versions by anthropologists and folklorists, including versions of China b.C. to recent versions. The attendants will be invited to investigate different versions, telling them, staging them or illustrating them.

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Novíssima Arte Brasileira – um Guia de Tendências



Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora Iluminuras, 198 pages.

ISBN: 857321-136-9

Subjects: visual arts, contemporaneous world

Interdisciplinarity: Story, politics and society

Transversal Themes: Cultural plurality

Suggestion: adult

SUMMARY


The book depicts the great themes or trends of the new Brazilian art. The base for the investigation is the follow-up of a representative group of 70 Brazilian artists, who begin their careers in the 1990s. The analyzed themes, the bias narrative, the memory and the time, the public and private spaces, the body and the eroticism, a new spirituality and the modern inheritances.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

To create forms of art based on the book themes, such as memory, body, time and identity.

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Alex Flemming, uma Poética

Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora Metabooks, 2002, 159 pages.

ISBN: 85-85371-39-0

Subjects: visual arts, literature

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: adults

SUMMARY

Alex Flemming, uma Poética... brings to the reader a reflection about the 25 years of Alex Flemming’s artistic production. Illustrated with about one hundred works, the book divides this trajectory into three important versants – life, death and spirituality. It shows, with the same manner, the artist’s passage through the story of cities and cultures, outstanding characteristics in his work.



SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

To discuss the art the themes of life, death and spirituality.

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Retrato da Arte Moderna



Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora Martins Fontes, 2002, 120 pages.

ISBN: 85-336-1530-2

Subjects: visual arts, contemporaneous world

Interdisciplinarity: story, arts, politics and society

Transversal Themes: cultural plurality

Suggestion: adolescents and adults

Malba Tahan Award – Best Informative Book in 2002.

FNLIJ (Fundação Nacional do Book Infantil e Juvenil) (National Book Foundation for Children and Adolescents)

Adopted by the PNLD 2003 government program

SUMMARY

In this book, the art in Brazil is analyzed together with the art of other countries in the Western world. Each chapter studies a defined period in the modern art evolution by placing the artistic movements in the historic context and establishing the connections between those movements and the main events of that period of time. For each and every studied movement the book offers interactive exercises to think and to make art, using the reproductions of works that illustrate the book. All the works of art that are mentioned on the exercises belong to Brazilian museums so that the reader can have the opportunity to appreciate them personally.



SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

To follow the steps of Pausas do Olhar, that follow each chapter of the book, with proposals of readings, songs and poetic re-creation of the chosen works in Retrato.

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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIAS Collection



Contos que Brotam nas Florestas: na Trilha dos Irmãos Grimm

Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1996/97, 24 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-112-4

Illustrated by Denise Milan

Subjects: passage ritual, forest

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

FNDE/MEC


PNLD 2001

Adopted by One Library in every Municipality Program

SUMMARY

The tales of Little Red Hood, Hans and Gretchen, Snow White and the Sleeping Beauty are told and in them the forest has the role of the unknown, in a universe of princes and princesses, witches and wonderful beings. Contos que brotam na floresta brings the magic world created by the Grimm brothers almost two centuries ago and unveils the teachings of these fables that until our days fascinate children and adults.



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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIAS Collection

Fadas que não Estão nos Contos – uma Confusão de Contos Clássicos

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Pinky Wainer

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1996/97, 24 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-111-6

Subject: classical X modern: reality X dream

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

Adopted by One Library in every Municipality Program.

PNLD Textbook National Program - 2001,

FNDE/MEC


SUMMARY

The bad wolf thinks that he is a Prince and waits for Joaninha at the school, believing that she is the Little Red Hood, or maybe Cinderella or the Sleeping Beauty. In Fadas que não estão nos contos, some characters of children’s fables invade the daily routine of a girl in the present times, in a curious and funny story.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

List your favorite fairy tales and try and joint them in a unique narrative.

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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIA Collection



Debaixo de uma Cerejeira – Histórias Contadas no Japão

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Luiz Hermano

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1996/97, 24 PAGES.

ISBN: 85-7338-109-4

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, art

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY

Tadazane loves the beautiful Tadawari and decides to attract her by telling his stories in the dark: the nights are the only moment when he can see her. Debaixo de uma cerejeira is a wonderful travel by the rich Japanese culture, with its parables, mysteries, traditions and values that, although they are millenaries, they still are respected and appraised in Japan.



SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

To investigate the traditional Japanese culture, having as a reference the city of Kioto of the year 1000, which is the context of the book.

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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIAS Collection



Chocolate Quente na Neve – Handersen’s Danish Stories

Kátia Canton

Illustrate by Leda Catunda

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1996/97, 24 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-053-5

Subject: the Danish culture, fairy tales

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, art

Transversal Themes; ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

Adopted by One Library in every Municipality Program

PNLD 2001, FNDE/MEC

SUMMARY


In the Danish Hans Christian Andersen’s stories, poor boys and girls become princes and princesses. In Chocolate quente na neve, at the same time when the reader travels by there-created stories, He or she gets to know part of the story of the writer how is considered as one of the founders of children’s literature.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

To investigate the Danish culture, background of Andersen’s stories.

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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIAS Collection

Entre o Rio e as Nuvens: Algumas Histórias Africanas

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Dudi Maia rosa

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1996/97, 24 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-110-8

Subjects: Africa, religiousness

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: Children and adolescents

SUMMARY:

African tales are loaded with spirituality. One good example of this is the exciting story of the young man Ghiase, who falls in love with Emme. She is kidnapped by a genius of the river and is only freed with the intervention of a witch. Os contos de Entre o rio e as nuvens translate, by means of literature, the great African cultural riches.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

To investigate visual aspects of the African culture, that is present in the artifacts and in the popular art.

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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIAS Collection



Balé dos Skazkás – Viajando pelos Contos da Rússia

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Guto Lacaz

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1996/97, 24 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-113-2

Subjects: fairy tales, Russia, dance

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:


A country like Russia, with a great artistic tradition, also has fantastic tales such as The Golden Frog that reminds us of the tale of Cinderella. And there are others, many others. Some of them inspired famous ballets, such as The Nut-Cracker. Balé dos Skazkás shows how the fairy tales go beyond oral narratives and how the customs of the people adapt the tale according to their reality of life.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

To find and, if possible, to watch in a theater or in DVDs, other ballets based on fairy tales.

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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIAS Collection

A Bota e a Enxada – Certos Contos Italianos

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by L. P. Baravelli

São Paulo: editora DCL, 1996/97, 24 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-050-0

Subjects: folkloric tales, Italy

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:

Margaridinha was a beautiful little girl of unknown origin, who faced challenges to prove to the king her courage. At the end, she marries the prince. A bota e a enxada is a book with tales from Italy, a rich country in traditions, fables, legends and songs, that had a great deal of influence in the Brazilian culture.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

To investigate more about Italy, its culinary art, its songs, its uses.

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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIAS Collection



Noites à Luz do Dia – Sherazade Conta Histórias Árabes

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Beatriz Milhazes

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1996/97, 24 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-008-X

Subjects: fairy tales, Arabian culture

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:


Sherazade, Aladin and Ali Baba are characters of this story where the smartness and the honesty prevail over the Power. Children are invited to plunge in the Orient magical and colorful world where the narrative power plays a special role.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

To invent a jester, in which one person interrupts the other one’s story and must add a narrative to it, playing a little bit with Sherazade’s procedure, who interrupted her stories to create a suspense and save her live.

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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIAS Collection

Contos que Valem uma Fábula – Histórias de Animais Animados

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Siron Franco

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1996/97, 24 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-047-0

Subject: fables, moral senses

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:

In fables, animals are capable to feel, think and talk, like the ant that works in the summer and has its effort rewarded in the winter, differently than the lazy grasshopper. Contos que valem uma fábula, inspired on the French writer La Fontaine and in other narratives shows that fables are short narratives with a moral sense.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

The book is a good instrument to show the children the present day values and virtues. How about listening to them talking about their own values?

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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIAS Collection



Conversa de Madame – Perrault nos Salões Franceses

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Renata Barros

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1996/97, 24 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-057-8

Subjects: oral tradition, story tellers

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:


What is the origin of fairy tales? Where, when and by whom were they created? Why every narrative of this kind has a happy end and always brings some teaching? Conversa de Madame shows a re-creation of classic fairy tales, such as The Beauty and the Beast, and the reader will feel as if he or she were in a French Court tea saloon, listening to stories.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Organize your own stories tea saloon, with friends and relatives. Each person tells a tale.

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ARTE CONTA HISTÓRIAS Collection

Manual da Coleção

Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1996/97, 24 pages.

ISBN: 85-8585877-X

Subjects: literature, arts, environment, culinary art

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children, adolescents and adults

SUMMARY:


The Manual is about what happens behind the scenes of each story and each illustration by the artists of the ten books of the Arte Conta Histórias collection. Besides, the Manual offers a series of practical suggestions of activities that are related to the books.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

You can follow any suggestions of activities in the Manual that refer to the books of the collection. You have a visit to the zoo, research in the Atlas, invention of names and even a cookbook. Have fun!

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Maria Martins – Mistério das Formas

Kátia Canton

Maria Martins’ works and graphic Project by Maria Teresa Louro

São Paulo: editora Paulinas, 1998, 24 pages.

ISBN: 8573119160

Subjects: sculpture, poetry, life cycles

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language,story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, environment, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

Highly Recommended for Children, FNLIJ 1998

Solidarity Read and Right Teaching Program, 1998

Adopted by MEC

Jabuti Award as the Best Book for Children in 1998

SUMMARY:


In Maria Martins, the author shows a poetic text about the mystery of life on Maria Martins’ sculptural forms.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Use the images of an artist’s works and create with them your own kind of narrative.

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Lendas de Amor dos Índios Brasileiros

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Lina Kim

São Paulo: editora DCI, 1999, 32 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-326-7

Subjects: Brazil, indians, first inhabitants

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality, environment

Suggestion: children and adolescents

Adopted by the One Library in Each Municipality Program

Fraternity Campaign

The Indian International Year (2002)

SUMMARY:

The nature phenomenon, the trees, the Rivers, the plantations and the animals, everything can be explained by the Indians with Love stories, such as the one with the beautiful Naipi and her beloved Peri, who challenge the traditions of the god known as Cobra Grande (Big Snake) and they end up by creating the Iguassu Falls. The magic world of the Indian culture is the main theme of this book that gives us some insight about the first inhabitants of Brazil.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Propose the dramatization of one the stories. Before that, the students should write the dialogues, define the characters and the costumes and then stage them.

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João e os Animais – Fábulas Brasileiras



Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Lina Kim

São Paulo: editora Martins Fontes, 2001, 38 pages.

ISBN: 8533614276

Subjects: fables, Brazilian stories

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:

João was a handyman. Wherever he put his hands, wonderful things used to arise. In gardens and backyards, the seeds that he planted resulted in healthful seedlings that grew and turned into strong trees with lots of flowers and fruits. With clay, wood and straw, he built beautiful houses where people could live. For this reason they called him João-de-barro, the name of a bird that also is very capable to build houses with clay and branches. Beatriz, the turtle, the dog, the rooster and the chicken, Célio, the tyrant fly-catcher, the horse, the cat, Ivo, the singing vulture are some of the characters in this story that fascinates us for its simplicity.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Investigate how many Joãos you know and find out what each one of them has as a special talent.

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O Roubo do Arco-Íris – Uma Fábula sobre as Cores



Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Leda Catunda

São Paulo: editora Martins Fontes, 2003, 32 pages.

ISBN: 8533618999

Subjects: classic X modern; reality X dream

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:

The rainbow is the magic of three children’s lives. Its colors become a play of words. To rescue the rainbow that one day disappears from the sky, Roberto, Chico and Marina become real heroes of a fairy tale.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

The game of colors. Each participant names a color and says what it reminds him or her – for example, purple reminds a wound, rose a flower, etc. Work the perceptions diversity of the same color.

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Brasil, Olhar de Artista



Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2001,64 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-456-5

Subjects: Brazil, visual arts

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children, adolescents and adults

Highly Recommended for Children FNILIJ 2002

(children/adolescents) 2002

Adopted by FNDE/MECC

Malba Tahan Award, Best Informative Book 2001, awarded in 2002 by FNLIJ.

SUMMARY:


What is Brazil? This question is answered in this book by the optics of artists who sculptured, painted and even broidered Brazilian scenes. The reproduction of these works depicts, little by little, several faces of the country – its people, its land, its spirit -, stimulating the reader to have contact with artistic manifestations.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Promote a meeting between the children and one artist, preferably in his or her work environment, so that the students can know and to interview him or her.

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O Trem da História – Uma Viagem pelo Mundo da Arte

Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora Companhia das Letrinhas, 2003, 2ª edition 2006, 80 pages.

ISBN: 85-74060159-X

Subjects: arts, poetry, Education

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:

Trem da história is a book of art for children, with works belonging to Brazilian collections. The researcher Kátia Canton conducts the travel, by showing the works of great Brazilian and international artists, and shows us how these works are near the Brazilian public and how it is possible to know them in a visit to the museums of the country. Canton chose representatives of several artistic traditions – Picasso and the masters of modern painting in Europe live together with the great icons of Brazilian modernism, such as Tarsila and Portinari, taking us to some of Brazilian contemporaneous artists, such as Leda Catunda and Carmela Gross.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Use the train metaphor to create interdisciplinary “travels” through the art imaginary. The song O Trenzinho Caipira by Heitor Villa Lobos is an example of this type of creative exploration.

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PRINCESA DE CHINELOS collection

O Sonho da Princesa

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Renata Pedrosa

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2003, 36 pages.

ISBN: 7338-675-4

Subjects: fairy tales, passage rituals, dream

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

Adopted by PNLD 2004

FNDE/MEC


SUMMARY:

The dreams can have different meanings on the dreamer’s imagination. In a fairy tale many things can happen when one dream is revealed. We always have things to learn about the human being’s frailties.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Offer a moment when children can tell their dreams. Suggest that they illustrate those dreams.

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PRINCESA DE CHINELOS collection



A Noiva do Rei

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Beth Moysés

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2003, 48 pages.

ISBN: 7338-677-0

Subjects: fairy tales, passage rituals

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, art

Transversal Themes: ethics

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:


A young king wants to get married to the most beautiful woman in the world. The things, however, do not happen as people want. Therefore, due to a promise he marries the ugliest woman in the world. But as in all fairy tales, in a certain day...

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Suggest that the children should create a different end for the story.

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PRINCESA DE CHINELOS collection

Os Desenhos Mágicos

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Sandra Cinto

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2003, 46 pages.

ISBN: 7338-678-9

Subjects: fairy tales, passage rituals

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, art

Transversal theme: ethics

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:

Having maturity and capacity to decide is a requisite in a kingdom succession. To transfer one’s own tasks to another person sometimes is not the most adequate way to inherit the kingdom, but many things can change when the conscience is awaken.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

You should ask the children to create magic drawings, with their eyes closed. Organize the works on a panel to be shown in the classroom.

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PRINCESA DE CHINELOS collection



O Príncipe Encantado e o Mico-Leão-Dourado

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Sandra Tucci

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2003, 58 BPAGES.

ISBN: 7338-679-7

Subjects: fairy tales, passage rituals, ecology

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, natural sciences

Transversal Themes: ethics, environment

Suggestion: children and adolescents

Adotado pelo PNLD 2004

FNDE/MEC

SUMMARY:


One animal can be a great companion. The golden capuchin monkey is a charming and intelligent little thing. It makes the saddest children and adults happy. However, in this fairy tale it can be much more.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Suggest the children to perform an investigation about the endangered species that are found in the area where they live.

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MUNDO DE ARTISTA collection

Espelho de Artista (Auto-Retrato)

Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora Cosac & Naify, 2004, 3rd revised edition, 52 pages.

ISBN: 857503328X

Subjects: visual arts, story

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children from 8 year old on

Highly Recommended for Children. FNLIJ 2005

SUMMARY:

The self-portrait mirrors and reflects the artist’s importance as well as the importance of the world and of the time when he or she lived. This first book of “Mundo de artista” series analyzes several types of self-portraits – from hand printings in pre-historical caverns to the canvasses and drawings created by great ancient and modern artists. The book examines examples from Rembrandt to Modigliani, and from Tarsila do Amaral to Edgard de Souza. By travelling this historic way, in Europe land in Brazil, the book shows how the self-portrait has followed the human being in his or her desire to record and understand his and her own existence on Earth.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Work the difference between self-image and the image that the others have about you. You can reproduce your image on a mirror and ask one of your colleagues to reproduce you in drawings. After that, you compare the results and talk about them.

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MUNDO DE ARTISTA collection



Mesa de Artista (Natureza-Morta)

Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora Cosac & Naify, 2004, 46 pages.

ISBN: 8575033182

Subject: visual arts, story

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children from 8 year old on

Highly Recommended for Children, FNLIJ 2005

SUMMARY:


This is the second book of Mundo de Artista collection. This is one introduction to the still-life from the daily life representation to the composition exercise. The author shows the set table historic context and unfolds to several processes of scene construction in painting. The English denomination still life, an adaptation of the Dutch word stilleven, is a re-invented nature, controlled by the human being’s hand and glance. The book teaches the reader the detailed observation of the objects composition and show how this style can be built by the contemporaneous artist in a more “artificial” way. So, besides the classic artists in the style, one can study examples of Andy Warhol, Mira Schendel, Tunga among others.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

You should list the foods that you like. Then draw your dish, which is also a still life.

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MUNDO DE ARTISTA collection

Bicho de Artista

Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora Cosac & Naify, 2004, 38 pages.

ISBN: 8575033190

Subjects: visual arts, story

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children from 8 year old on

Highly Recommended for Children, FNLIJ 2005

SUMMARY:

This is the third volume of “Mundo de Artista” collection. The book stimulates the little reader to observe the animals according to the representation style of each and every period of time. The author shows wild and domesticated animals and reveals how the nature is integrated in the civilization scenery.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Do you have any pet? Do you like animals? Try and create an artist’s animal. Use your creativity to make it unique and special.

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Fantasias: poemas escritos por Kátia Canton com obras de Flávio de Carvalho



Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora Martins Fontes, 2004, 48 pages.

ISBN: 8533620470

Subjects: visual arts, poetry

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Indication: children from 8 year old on

FNDE/MEC


Adopted by PNLD 2005

Bologna Fair Catalog 2005

SUMMARY:

Basd on the drawings by the artist Flávio de Carvalho, in 1953, for A Cangaceira ballet costumes, some poems were created to reflect each character’s expressivity and magic. Image and text are added up to recreate allegoric figures such as the burgess, the politician, the pharmacist, the newly married man, the vegetal being, the witch, the holly man the vegetable garden man, the “cangaceiro” (a kind or robber and killer who lived in the Northeast of Brazil) the popular women and the mythological beings.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Make a list of costumes that you can invent and then create poems or short stories for each one of them.

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Brincadeiras: poemas escritos por Kátia Canton com obras de Volpi



Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora Martins Fontes, 2006, 47 pages.

ISBN: 8533623038

Subjects: visual arts, poetry

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children from 8 year old on

FNDE/MEC

Adopted by PNLD 2006

SUMMARY:


In this book Alfredo Volpi becomes an imaginary uncle, who teaches us how to transform all things in the world. By means of the combination of works of art with poetry, we are transported to a magic universe, where houses, chairs, dolls, boats and banner invite us to play.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

If you had an imaginary uncle who could make your dreams come true, what would you ask him to do? Write down or draw about this.

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Moda: uma História para Crianças

Kátia Canton

Conception and art by Luciana Schiller.

São Paulo: editora Cosac & Naify, 1st re-printing, 2004, 54 pages.

ISBN: 8575032828

Subjects: visual arts, fashion

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, story, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children from 8 year old on.

Jabuti Award as the Best Book for Children, 2005, 2nd place.

SUMMARY:

The ways that you dress and introduce yourself to the world reveal the fashion of each period of time in the history of mankind. It is in this perspective – of a fashion about ‘the way each and everyone is dressed’, which goes beyond the famous dressmakers’ and artists’ universe – that the teacher of history of art Kátia Canton wrote this book, printed based on a completely hand-made manuscript by the illustrator Luciana Schiller. Besides the historical perspective – conducting us from the pre-history to the court of Louis XIV and from the haute couture precursors in the 19th century to the modern stylist Jean Paul Gaultier -, the book integrates to its narrative the universes of art and shows and reveals the curiosities that involve the creation of famous models and accessories.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Get your friends together and prepare an imagined fashion show. Each one takes pieces of clothes from their wardrobe and makes creative and instigated visuals. Do not forget the music and, if possible, make a scenario for it.

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Era uma vez Perrault

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Alzira Fragoso, Elisa de Magalhães, Flávia Ribeiro, Luciana Schiller, Luiz Hermano, Márcia Clayton.

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2005, 80 pages.

ISBN: 85-368-0055-0

Subjects: fairy tales, oral tradition

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, art

Transversal Themes: ethics

Suggestion: children from 8 year old on

SUMMARY:


The French writer Charles Perrault’s work involves the tales Peau d’Âne, the Sleeping Beauty in the Woods, Blue Beard, Little Red Hood, the Story-Teller and Cinderella, told by Kátia Canton. The book brings the author’s biography in the form of a sort story, illustrations by Gustave Doré and other six contemporaneous artists, besides new poetic finals.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

In the style that was used in Perrault’s time, you should organize a tea with stories. While the children drink their teas, each one tells a story to their friends.

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Era uma vez Andersen

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Beth Moysés, Nina Moraes, Renata Pedrosa, Silvia Mecozzi, Alzira Fragos, Gabriel Veiga Jardim.

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2005, 72 pages.

ISBN: 85-368-0002-X

Subjects: fairy tales, oral tradition

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics

Suggestion: children from 8 year old on

FNDE/MEC Adopted by PNLD 2006

Bologna catalog in 2006

SUMMARY:

This book was published to celebrate the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen’s 200 years of birth. It is a collection of tales such as “The snow queen”, “The Ugly Duck”, Hop o’-my-thumb”, “The valiant lead soldier”, “The little match salesgirl” and “The king’s new clothes”. The book also has illustrations and the author’s biography in a short story style.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Choose your Andersen’s favorite short story and create your own illustration for it.

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Era uma vez Irmãos Grimm

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Kátia Canton, João Roberto Monteiro da Silva, Ana Kesseining, Henk Nieman, Hortência Barreto, Josely Carvalho and Sandra Tucci.

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2006, 80 pages.

ISBN: 85-368-0101-8

Subjects: fairy tales, oral tradition

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics

Suggestion: children from 8 year old on

SUMMARY:

The Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm, traveled to many villages in Germany and heard several versions of the sort stories that today are part of many readers’ imaginary and daily life. In this edition the book includes the following tales: Little Red Hood, Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella, the Frog Prince and Hans und Gretchen.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Just like the Grimm brothers have travelled all over Germany looking for stories, you will prepare an imaginary expedition all over Brazil looking for fairy tales. Take the map, identify the places that you want to visit and create an itinerary. Think about the kind of stories that you would want to find in your investigation.

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Era uma vez Esopo

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Kátia Canton, João Roberto Monteiro da silva, Victor Lema Riqué, Sonia Guggisberg, Débora Muskat and Gabriel Veiga Jardim

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2007, 64 pages.

ISBN: 85-368-0252-9

Subject: fairy tales, oral tradition

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, arts

Transversal Themes: ethics

Suggestion: children from 8 year old on

SUMMARY:

No one knows for sure when the first fables arose. But it was with the slave Aesop, in the ancient Greece, in the 6th century b.C. that the fables became very popular and, for this reason, they are even told in the present days. In this book you will learn about this excellent public speaker and his time, besides nineteen of his best fables, illustrated by a number of artists.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

You should invent new fables to deal with the daily matters.

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Escultura Aventura

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Gal Oppido (photos)

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2004, 60 pages.

ISBN: 85-7338-961-3

Subjects: arts

Interdisciplinarity: art, story

Transversal Themes: Cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

FNDE/MEC Adopted by PNLD 2006

Bologna Catalog in 2006

SUMMARY:

Do you know what a sculpture is? In this book the reader will go through the magic world of art, going from the Prehistory until what we can call as post-modernity. The reader will find out that sculptures can be seen, touched, felt, dressed, smelled, in short, that they always surprise us.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

In the space of your city, look for your favorite sculptures. Record everything, by taking photos or drawing them.

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Pintura Aventura

Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2006, 60 pages.

ISBN: 85-368-0150-6

Subjects: artes

Interdisciplinarity: art, story

Transversal Themes: Cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:


Have you ever thought in adventuring through the world of painting? Dive in this experience discovering a little bit more about the history of art with Pintura Aventura, written by Kátia Canton. You will get to know painters, their works and the artistic movements of several periods of time. From paintings on the walls of caverns to Tarsila do Amaral, get ready for paints of several colors and free the artist that is inside of you.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Discuss with your friends the meaning of “it is not as bad as they say”. Then translate it with your own art.

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Arquitetura Aventura

Kátia Canton

São Paulo: editora DCI, 2007, 72 pages.

ISBN: 9788536802916

Subjects: arts

Interdisciplinarity: art, story

Transversal Themes: Cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:


Do you know that tree house that you always dreamed to have? It has everything to do with architecture. And that tent made of bed sheets and chairs, the dog house, the doll house? Unwillingly, you practice architecture playing. In her book Arquitetura Aventura, Kátia Canton invites the reader to discover places and symbols of the Brazilian and international architecture, in a funny way.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

List the curious architecture works in your city.

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Yoga para Crianças

Kátia Canton

Photos: Tadeu Jungle

São Paulo: editora Cosac & Naify, 2007, 48 pages.

ISBN: 978-85-7503-595-5

Subjects: yoga, concentration, self-knowledge, Hindu culture

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language

Transversal Themes: ethics, cultural plurality

Suggestion: children and adolescents

SUMMARY:


This book teaches us the first steps to practice yoga, not letting aside some of its origin. To this purpose, it shows a far-reaching approach the ways how to breathe, how to position yourself and how to relax. For the children, the yoga will certainly be as fun as playing soccer or running. With the difference that yoga is a moment of concentration and self-knowledge: an invitation to the body expression and experimentation. The reader will follow set by step the children positions, photographed by Tadeu Jungle. The book also rescues elements of the Hindu culture, in its graphic Project and in its language. The positions names are explained with their correspondent Sanskrit words and, at the end, the reader can say a peace mantra in that language. This is a book to transform the body into a living poem. As the yogue Lygia Lima writes on the cover of the book, “I invite you to open this present. Do not think twice”.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Begin with the pronunciation of positions in the Sanskrit language and evolve to the relaxation and concentration exercises and, finally, to the positions.

Click here to visualize an animation about the book.

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Monstruário



Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Guazzelli

ISBN: 9788599520611

Subject: life, psychology, daily life

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language, well-being

Transversal Theme: ethics

Suggestion: children from 8 year old on

SUMMARY:


No, you are not wrong. The book title means “Show of Monsters”. But you guessed right if you thought that it would be about a showcase, one of those books that are a catalog of different things in one volume. This book approaches, in a light and original way, the guilty, the pessimism, the prejudice, the bad nourishment and other monsters that haunt adults’ and children’s daily lives.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Make a list, with the children’s support, of other daily life monsters.

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A Festa das Palavras

Kátia Canton

Illustrated by Marcos Brias

São Paulo: editora Girafinha, 2007, 64 pages.

ISBN: 9788599520383

Subject: language, children’s play, creativity

Interdisciplinarity: Portuguese language

Transversal Theme: culture

Suggestion: children from 6 year old on

SUMMARY:


The letters here not only become stories: they are characters. The writer and illustrator plays with the alphabet as if it existed just for that. Text and design in the right measure so that the reader does not get tired. Everything is information.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:



List curious names in the English language: such as fig tree, rabbit, etc.


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