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You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum Hardcover – October 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803723016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803723016
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Loaded with pizzazz, this wordless story takes readers on a great balloon chase that encompasses some of New York City's most celebrated sites. A grandmother and a girl holding a yellow helium balloon are stopped at the door of the Metropolitan Museum and a guard ties the forbidden toy to the banister, offering to keep an eye on it. The moment he turns away, a pigeon unties the balloon, and the guard is off and running to retrieve it. Detailed pen-and-ink drawings, punctuated with color to highlight the central action, show all the chaos that ensues, from Central Park to the Plaza Hotel to a production of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. Into the scenes of mayhem, Glasser (Alexander, Who's Not [Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!] Going to Move) cleverly inserts reproductions of famous works of art, as viewed by the girl and grandmother, each a reflection of whatever action is going on around the balloon. In the onstage scene at the opera, for example, a dog walker, a zookeeper, a Plaza bellhop and others wreak havoc while the girl and her grandmother view an equally erratic painting (Autumn Rhythm) by Jackson Pollock. Some pairings work better than others, but Glasser's drawings capture all the energy and charm of a captivating city. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-In this wordless picture book, a little girl visits the Metropolitan Museum with her grandma, leaving her yellow balloon tied to the railing outside. However, it escapes with the help of a pigeon and the rest of the story follows the balloon's adventures in New York City while the little girl and her grandmother are inside. There are often three or more busy vignettes filled with activity and energy on each page. Adults may pick up on the fact that the balloon's adventures are often thematically matched with the sights at the Met (e.g., as the museum-goers view the Temple of Dendur, the balloon shares the stage at the Metropolitan Opera with Aida). The balloon has many wild escapades that show children and adults in silly settings throughout the city. This is a fun story with a lovely grandparent/child relationship. It won't teach readers much about famous paintings or about life in New York City, but it does offer lots of viewing for children and adults to share.
Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I can hardly wait for a tale of Chicago's Art Institute by the Preiss sisters who burst with imagination & talent.
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You Can't Take a Baloon into the Metropolitan Museum is one of the books you just look forward to reading with your children.
D. Shapiro
Juxtaposed together, children will love the fun drawings and adults will appreciate the cleverness contained in each page.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We love this book! It has made the Metropolitan real for my 2-1/2 year old. She keeps telling me she wants to go back to see more pictures. We cannot go through a pedestrian tunnel in Central Park without talking about elephants getting stuck in them. I can't wait to take her to the Zoo and what she calls the "Plaza Hotel Museum". Why doesn't the Met do a map of the art? Why don't the authors publish a map of the sites for people who don't know NYC as well as they do? Why don't you go buy this book and fall in love with its immediacy and joy, too?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Wordless picture books have always held an honored place in the hearts (and lesson plans) of all teachers who promote a love of reading. YOU CAN'T TAKE A BALLOON INTO THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM takes that tradition to new heights with its exquisite detail, subtle parallel events, humor and excitement. It has all the elements of story: setting, lively characterization, the conflict and the chase...not to mention a most satisfying ending! But beyond all these delights, teachers of children of all ages will be drawn to this book for its potential to lead young minds on a quest for further information in many areas: art, art history, cultural tradition. It will find its place in creative writing lessons and in lessons about cultural history. And it will inevitably fix the images of a great museum in the minds of "readers," many of whom will find their way to The Met to discover these visual treasures in "real life." --Ann P. Kaganoff, PhD, Certified Educational Therapist; President, Association of Educational Therapists
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Once in a long while a book comes along that is so simple yet so complex and innovative that it can be enjoyed time and again by both children and adults and is destined to become a classic. This is one of those books.
Having myself been taken at a very young age by my father to the Metropolitan Museum, this book has awoken within me wonderful memories that have instilled me with a love of museums (and especially of the Met). Although my children have not had the experience of seeing the Metropolitan as we live outside the U.S., this book has afforded me the opportunity to describe the museum to them and relive my experiences with them and at the same time take a rollicking educational ride through this romp.
I can actually feel the joy these two sisters must have had in working on this project. It is a work that comes from the heart and kudos to their collaboration of story and artwork that raises the story above the mundane.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
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What a fabulous book! It is even more charming and far more complicated than Eloise...and much more up-to-date! What a wonderful way to introduce children of any age (and, given its wordlessness, any language) to sites in and around Central Park! What a cheerful, gentle guidebook! Why isn't it in every bookstore's travel section, as well as its children's section? Why doesn't every New Yorker give it to every child they know who is going to visit the City? Why doesn't every New York parent give it to their young children? Why don't school teachers use it as the basis of field trips? In short, RUN, DO NOT WALK TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS MARVELOUS, HUMOROUS, LOVELY BOOK!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tawnya Mayer (tmayer@bulloch.net) on November 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautiful with rich, entertainig pictures. A book like this is a great source to use when a teacher has her students are working on creating short stories.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2002
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This is one of my favorite books of all time. It captures the spirit of New York while showcasing numerous works of art from the Metropolitan Museum in the city. Juxtaposed together, children will love the fun drawings and adults will appreciate the cleverness contained in each page. I have bought this book as gifts for friends, and also bought two copies for myself. One sits proudly on my shelf, and I have matted and framed some of my favorite pages from the other copy to hang on my wall. If you love New York, art, and/or wonderful children's books you must discover this book for yourself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Jacqueline Weitzman is brilliant! I love the way everything is connected. Every page grabs and holds your attention and is so intricate that a few pages later you'll be wondering how some of the people got caught up in the chase. I think it must be an incredible mind that can make a picture book so simple and yet so complex. Make sure to check out her latest. . .it's even better than the first!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Shapiro on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read my girls two books every night. We have a reasonably sized collection but let's face it, some children's books just don't stand up to repitition. When my oldest (5) goes to pick out a book from the shelf I get nervous -- if she picks out the fairy tale book I glaze over. You Can't Take a Baloon into the Metropolitan Museum is one of the books you just look forward to reading with your children. It's engaging, we see new things in it all the time, and it even gets them excited about art!! What's not to love?! We're waiting for more from Ms. Preiss-Weitzman!
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