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Book Title: Museum Trip|
Date of issue: May 3rd 2006
ISBN 13: 9780618581252
The author of the book: Barbara Lehman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 934 KB
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Read full description of the books Museum Trip:Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman follows a boy on a trip to a museum as he becomes part of a maze exhibit.
After stopping to tie his shoe, a boy on a museum field trip finds himself alone. Going through a door, he finds a maze exhibit and suddenly finds himself standing outside the first maze pictured. He solves it and goes on to complete all the other mazes. Entering the tower in the last maze, he appears to be presented a medal, which the reader sees by peering through the door's keyhole. The boy finds himself looking at the exhibit pictures again, exits the maze area, and rejoins his class. As he leaves the museum, the boys touches his medal, as a museum staff member watches, touching a similar medal.
This wordless picturebook tells a clear tale with no words other than the title and the word museum seen on the building.
Lehman's brightly colored illustrations are watercolor, gouache and ink. Clearly drawn, most pictures are framed, with a few four panel pages pictured. The boy occasionally looks directly at the reader. His joy at being inside the mazes is well depicted, and his body language is clear. A variety of perspectives are used. I especially liked the picture of the boy running to the next maze with no border around him, bringing the reader right into the story. My other favorite images include the overhead shot of the boy alone in the museum halls, the boy touching the tree in the first maze, and the two closeups of the boy's face studying the first and last maze pictures as he seems to enter and leave the actual mazes.
This is a charming and compelling journey, celebrating imagination, fantasy, and the many fascinating museums waiting to inspire children of all ages. This is a great book to study alone or with a child. I appreciate that the reader must decide if the boy's journey was a fantastic or imagined trip, although the last image pushes the reader towards fantasy. My only quibble is wishing that some of the famous works of art were identified. This book is hightly recommended for school and public library collections.
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