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FAMILIES may be encouraged to dig out their brushes and paints this week as Disney’s The Wonderful World of Knowledge moves on to art.

The fantastic 24-set encyclopaedia is drawing to a close, with just three books left to collect, but there’s no easing back on the colourful content, amazing facts and fun-filled suggested activities as the series takes a look at The World Of Art.

Of course, your favourite Disney characters continue to add to the mix, with their funny cartoons spread across the pages.

The book journeys through time, from Stone Age cave drawings to today’s modern art.

It explores a vast range of different art forms, such as Hawaiian featherwork, turquoise Aztec masks, totem poles made of tree trunks and elaborate Ancient Egyptian treasures made from gold and semi-precious stones, as well as Chinese calligraphy and silk painting, Ancient Greek and Roman bronze and marble statues, papier mache masks and African terra cotta.

There is art associated with religion, from Asian Buddha statues to European stained glass church windows, and sections covering the Renaissance period, pop art, abstract art and giant sculptures.

Eight-year-old Caitlin Love, of Morpeth, enjoyed a preview.

“I really liked the bright and colourful cartoons,” she said.

“I would prefer the contents page right at the front instead of on page 8. I love the pictures though as they are funny. Other non-fiction books sometimes look dull and boring, but this one looks fun.

“It is easy to understand and clearly set out. On each page there is a box with ‘amazing facts’ in it and the other paragraphs are set out clearly, with bold sub-headings. The page headings are also big and bold. The pictures are bright and detailed.

“The Wonderful World of Knowledge (World Of Art) has a lovely front cover and an interesting blurb. Overall, I think these books are great.”

Next week, the set explores Communications.

Each title costs £2.99 with the Morpeth Herald from participating newsagents.

If you have missed a book, simply visit our office in Newgate Street, Morpeth, or call us on 01670 517171, and back copies can be provided.