I did pick up a couple of art books yesterday. They are not what I was looking for, but each one is wonderful.
Hiroshige: One Hundred Views of Edo is worth hours and hours. This is a link to all of the prints.
The Great Masters of European Art will provide more hours of entertainment. From the 14th to the 19th centuries, beautiful reproductions, lots of details, and the text that I've read is both interesting and informative.
These books are huge and heavy; I'll keep one and give one to Erin. Perfect books for holding children in your lap and looking at the pictures together. The Great Masters tome will require some editing for a while as some of the paintings are not exactly conducive to a good night's sleep.
Laddie was with me and B & N was crowded so browsing in the way I intended was impossible. Another occasion will give me time to look more carefully. I also wonder what might be available in the children's section that would be suitable.
My friend Thomas (who won't comment) sent me a link to the Thames & Hudson series which "have excellent images and text, a small size, and a moderate price. I love them." Ha! Might as well comment, Thomas, I'm quoting you. These appear to be exactly what I want...only choosing one with which to start will be difficult. Here is a list of just one category, Western Art. Thanks, Thomas!
Jane Ann, let me know what you end up choosing in the art category. There are so many wonderful art books out there - and won't looking and choosing be fun?