The Museum by Susan Verde

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  When I see a work of art, something happens in my heart!
As a little girl tours and twirls through the halls of the art museum, she finds herself on an exciting adventure. Each piece of art evokes something new inside of her: silliness, curiosity, joy, and ultimately inspiration. When confronted with an empty white canvas, she is energized to create and express herself—which is the greatest feeling of all.
With exuberant illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds, The Museum playfully captures the many emotions experienced through the power of art, and each child’s unique creative process.

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"Verde and Reynolds deliver a simple premise with a charming payoff… this “twirly-whirly” homage to a museum is, on balance, a sweet-natured and handsome celebration."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Debut author Verde makes an engaging case for understanding art as an experience rather than an object."
—Publishers Weekly

"The rhymed text captures the excitement of a being sparked by art.”

"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."
—School Library Journal

"For parents who have trouble communicating the excitement of art to their children, The Museum can serve as the starting point for a conversation. The book is also a wonderful reminder of visual art’s power to encourage and empower self-expression. Children and adults will finish this book excited about their next art experience, and perhaps tempted to dance through the halls of a museum in the near future."

"This playful picture book pays tribute to the joyous effect art can have on the viewer."

About Susan Verde

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Susan Verde teaches yoga to children. This is her first book. She lives in East Hampton, New York. Peter H. Reynolds is the illustrator behind the mega-selling Judy Moody & Stink series and the author-illustrator of many other bestselling and award-winning picture books, including The Dot, Ish, and The North Star. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Published January 6, 2015 by Abrams Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Verde and Reynolds deliver a simple premise with a charming payoff.

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Publishers Weekly

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“When I see a work of art,/ something happens in my heart./ I cannot stifle my reaction./ My body just goes into action.” A girl in pigtails embodies the emotions elicited by the paintings she sees, l

Feb 11 2013 | Read Full Review of The Museum

K-Gr 2—A girl visits an art museum, relaying her appreciation of what she sees, feels, and gains from viewing the work. When the museum closes and she must leave, she takes comfort in the fact that "the museum lives insi

Jan 01 2015 | Read Full Review of The Museum

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...

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Museum

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