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Armor & Animals


Princeton Architectural Press
Available: 02/23/21
7.2 x 8.75 · 40 pages
Ages 4 to 8
CDN $24.95 · cl

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Liz Yohlin Baill

What do knights in shining armor have to do with slimy snails and porcupines? A lot, actually! Armor & Animals brings together two things kids love to provide an entryway into the world of art. The armor collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, beloved by its young visitors, provides the remarkable helmets, shields, and more that appear in the book, and which experienced museum educator Liz Yohlin Baill compares to the shells, scales, and spikes that protect animals.

Lively text paired with bright, modern graphics and real-life armor informs kids about art and animals in tandem. A rhino crashes into a knight, teaching kids that a group of rhinos is called a crash-so stay out of the way! Dragons may be imaginary, but a fire-breathing dragon etched on armor can still make a horse look extra tough. Kids can consider the helmets, goggles, and other armor" they use that help make their own activities safer, and connect art to their world as they learn."

Liz Yohlin Baill is Collections Interpreter for Youth and Families at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Chicago History Museum and has developed award-winning content for kid-friendly audio guides, exhibitions, and more.