From Publishers Weekly
After a visit to the Metropolitan Museum and the National Gallery, this series' third book finds a girl, her grandparents and a green balloon in Boston, You Can't Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser. Like its predecessors, the wordless adventure features actual art reproductions amidst lively line drawings; famous Bostonians appear throughout. You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery is now available in paperback. (May)
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4-In this wordless picture book, the family from You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery (Dial, 2000) is on the road again-this time visiting Boston and the Museum of Fine Arts. Having previous experience with balloons and museums, the little girl entrusts her green inflatable to grandma and enters the building with her brother and grandfather. Inside they view the artwork of Pierre Auguste Renoir, Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt, Jean-Franois Millet, Edward Hopper, John Singleton Copley, and others. Meanwhile, outside, grandma is consulting her Freedom Trail map when the balloon comes untied from her wrist, sending her in pursuit. On her frantic dash to recapture it, she and her ever-growing team of helpers sprint past or through Symphony Hall, the Boston Public Library, the Public Garden and Boston Common, Chinatown, the Tea Party Ship, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, Paul Revere's house, the Hatch Memorial Shell, the Charles River, and Fenway Park before making it back to the MFA. Signage gives clues to the sites. As in the other books in the series, the action on the street is reflected in the artwork in the museum. Glasser's action-packed illustrations leave readers as breathless as grandma. There are several line drawings with color highlights per page. A key at the back identifies the artwork and the famous faces in the crowds. A fine elementary introduction to great works of art and a fabulous city.Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Chester County Library, Exton, PA
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