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 Simon at the art museum
 Author: Soontornvat, Christina

 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 835678 ISBN: 9781534437524
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Art museums -- Fiction
 Museums -- Fiction
 Art appreciation -- Fiction
 Human behavior -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

At an art museum with his parents, Simon has trouble controlling his urges to slide on the floor, chase pigeons, and eat cheesecake at the cafe, until something special catches his eye.

 Illustrator: Davenier, Christine

   Booklist (04/15/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/15/2020 Entering an elaborate building with his parents, Simon excitedly surveys the impressive facade and large open spaces but quickly becomes bored. Chasing pigeons and lounging on a bench are fun, but watching other people provides the best entertainment. Simon notices that some people look at the art up close, while others stand far away; some are alone, others in groups. The artwork might make viewers laugh, elicit sadness, or even provoke an argument. Simon is pleasantly surprised to find one painting that speaks particularly to him. It features a red-headed child, running toward birds in flight. Are they pigeons? After a tiring day, Simon is ready to go home, until his mother proposes seeing one more thing—the museum restaurant. Colorful illustrations, rendered in pen and ink washes, use a light, sketchy style for the people, contrasted with more solid representations of ancient and modern sculptures, masks, and paintings. The story provides a lighthearted way to discuss perspective and would serve as effective preparation for a family or school outing. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 04/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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