Book Review: The Museum by Susan Verde
The Museum by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
About the book: 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.
My Review: The author tells a story about a young girl’s love for art as she encounters several paintings in an art museum.
“When I see a work of art, something happens in my heart. I cannot stifle my reaction. My body just goes into action.”
When she comes across a painting with a dancer standing on her tippy-toes she does the same. And when she came across a sad painting it made her feel sad and blue, heavy and lonely. And she skipped when she came across a field of flowers painting.
As she looked through all the paintings in the museum she finally came across an empty canvas. Where is the color? Is this a joke? She asked herself. She closed her eyes and started to see colors, circles, lines and all kinds of shapes. She opened her eyes and started to fill that empty canvas with what came to mind. Like a purple dot, zig zay lines, a portrait of herself and her mother and many more.
According to the illustrator, “… art is meant to cause the audience to feel, and even be challenged and mystified. It is with deeper thinking and feelings that we truly experience art.”
What a great way for a young girl to express her love and understanding for art by making her own creation. This is a well written rhythm book by Susan Verde. The beautiful illustrations by Peter H Reynolds helped bring the book to life.
Ages: 3 and up
Released on March 12, 2013
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Abrams Appleseed in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
About the author: 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
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