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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419705946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419705946
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 9.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-In rhyming couplets, a girl describes her reactions to the exhibits in an art museum. A painting of a ballerina makes her want to pose, Van Gogh makes her "all twirly-whirly," some blue Cubism makes her "sad and blue," and she collapses in giggles at the sight of some squiggly abstract art. Finally, a blank white canvas first confuses, then inspires, her as she thinks of all the art she could fill it with. This book's strong point is the way it communicates a fresh, playful, childlike perspective on art and normalizes childlike responses to it. The idea that posing, laughing, and curious questions are all appropriate museum behavior may be a new one for both children and parents, and knowing this is sure to make for more enjoyable museum visits. Unfortunately, the pedestrian verse scans quite awkwardly, lessening the impact of the text. The explanation of the "blank canvas" is misleading as well-a white canvas hanging in a museum is likely not "mine to fill/the way I choose," as the narrator concludes. On the other hand, the cartoon illustrations are pleasantly uncluttered and full of energy. They include riffs on several famous works of art, though they are not identified by name and artist. An additional purchase.-Rachael Stein, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MDα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When I see a work of art, something happens in my heart. So begins the journey of a young girl through a museum where the pictures she sees set off a whirlwind of emotions. The Starry Night gets her all twirly-whirly, twinkly, sparkly, super swirly. Munch’s The Scream is frightful. But it’s the huge blank canvas on the wall that stops her in her tracks. What does it mean? Is it a joke? But when she closes her eyes, the girl sees colors and shapes in her head and realizes she can create a picture with her own ideas and imagination. The rhymed text captures the excitement of a being sparked by art, though the poetry is forced at times. Reynolds’ breezy pictures overcome the shortcomings in ink drawings touched with colors that have their own twirly, whirly movement. Set against crisp white pages, both the girl and the pictures she views stand out. A note about the pictures and artists the book references would have added to the book’s usefulness, but still, this is a fun read-aloud. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ilene Cooper

More About the Author

Susan Verde grew up in a brownstone in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City with her older brother Michael. She spent much of her time as a child clad in bell bottoms and rainbow suspenders, roller skating up and down her block with a skate key around her neck and a piece of chalk in her pocket (for spontaneous hopscotch).
Susan's household was filled with books, music and the smell of mocha chip pies, which her mother made for their neighborhood restaurant. Susan often wrote stories and poetry to share with family and friends and even her high school poetry magazine. Susan's love of literature began in utero (according to her mother) and never dwindled. She can, to this day relate very well to Amelia Bedelia.
Ultimately, she moved to the Hamptons and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's in reading remediation and become an elementary school teacher at a private school in Bridgehampton. She has also participated in the Southampton Children's Literature Conference at Stonybrook University.
Although no longer a school teacher, Susan is a certified kid's yoga instructor which allows her to frog jump and wag her tail in Downward facing dog with great frequency.
Currently, Susan lives in East Hampton New York amidst an explosion of Legos, art supplies, and picture books with her twin boys Joshua and Gabriel and her daughter Sophia. They are the constant inspiration for her writing. They never let her forget how to see things from a child's point of view and keep the kid in her alive and kicking.

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Ella M. Foshay
It's a wonderful way to introduce a child to the magic of art and to the joy of museums.
Penny Quince
Well written with great illustrations.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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Splendidly written and illustrated, The Museum is a most lovely and poetic book.
I hope Susan and Peter have many more books to come.
Art, beauty, poetry and joy...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny Quince on March 16, 2013
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He is VERY particular about which books are his favorite, and this one quickly became number ONE! This is very lucky for Granny who loves reading it to him. The writing is charming and the illustrations are so engaging. It's a wonderful way to introduce a child to the magic of art and to the joy of museums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Artist/writer In NY on March 15, 2013
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A bewitching, beguiling and thoroughly wonderful book. The perfect read and gift for any child (or adult) who loves art and dreams. An instant classic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reba White Williams on April 10, 2013
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When I read Susan Verde's poems, and stared at Peter Reynolds's illustrations, I found myself back in a museum for the first time--awed, excited and awake to every kind of feeling and discovery. I hope Susan and Peter will write a series, and turn the clock back again and again, helping me and others recall the joy of the discovery of other locations and scenes. Although intended for children, The Museum will bring fond memories to many adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By redoodyhouse on March 17, 2013
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This book makes a trip to a museum as fun as it should be. Instead of staring at a painting trying to find the "meaning" that the artist wanted to convey, the heroine experiences all of the works of art viscerally. Each painting,sculpture or installation takes her on an emotional journey where she can feel what the artist was feeling when the art was created. The girl is sad, happy, frightened ,puzzled, bemused all in one trip and leaves with the museum inside of her, exhilarating her and inspiring her to place her own thoughts and pictures on a blank canvas creating her own works of art. The drawings by Mr. Reynolds perfectly capture a child's perspective of great works of art, which are meant to be felt and experienced not dryly analyzed and dissected. Grownups take heed art is much more than a dry academic list of data, it should be felt from the heart, as Mrs. Verde slyly reminds us in this fantastic tale.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane new York on March 15, 2013
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"The Museum" is a classic because the message will never grow old. A child's experience in a museum leads to all kinds of feelings. A perfect book to prepare a child for a museum visit and the feelings she or he may experience. Or it can be read after a museum visit to start a discussion. Or....it can be read for the pleasure of the words and the wonderful illustrations of Peter H Reynolds
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