A Note to Parents...

Dear Parents,

Ever wondered how to choose the right books that are both educational and entertaining? How to make story time count? Wonderful picture books such as Here Comes Ingo provide a great opportunity to explore simple ways to sit down with your child and create something together. It is very encouraging for children to know that their parents are willing to participate in activities with them.

Here Comes Ingo, great fun for a parent to enjoy with a young child just starting to fall in love with books or an older one who is just beginning to appreciate the rudiments of art language such as texture, collaging and composition, is the perfect book that emphasizes the importance of multi-sensory learning through verbal, visuals and tactile associations. This unique visual story gently pushes children to get out of their head and step inside a magnificently crafted visual experience which allows them to find their own voice by giving new life to the story of Ingo.

This book is not only a collection of beautiful collages that exemplifies a progression of thinking leading towards love, kindness and inclusion because the world needs more empathetic, understanding and tolerant children. It is also a great tool in teaching kids about setting, structure flow and attention to detail as well as allowing them to act out the story as the pictures lead their imagination.

Equally important, this wordless picture book familiarizes children with figurative art collage, an art technique used since ancient times. Each illustration is a carefully orchestrated arrangement of various cut outs of animal, insects and birds wrapped in a cheerful Disney-like palette in order to produce a final image that is as surreal and unexpected as it is real and imbued in suggestive possibilities much to the tune of Matisse’s adage that a paper collage is “a painting made with scissors.”

As with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over. Ingo invites children to visit again and again in order to nurture their imagination and expand on the story. If your children enjoy the illustrations and want to immerse themselves further into the dream world of Ingo and all the other characters that populate it, visit Art for Children gallery. You will be transported to a magical gallery of inventive images that incite children to become budding co-illustrators by drawing, coloring and painting directly ON the artwork in order to become the artist and not simply observe the art.