Genre- Graphic Novels

Title: You Can’t Take a Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museummetropolitan-museum

Author: Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser

Publisher: Dial Books for young readers

Date: 1998

Age Level: Primary(K-2) or Elementary (3-4)

Summary: “In this wordless story a young girl and her grandmother view works inside The Metropolitan Museum of Art, while the balloon she has been forced to leave outside floats around New York City causing a series of mishops that mirror scences in the museum’s artwork.

Strengths: I thought this book was so amusing. I loved all the illustrations and how the things going on outside the museum correlated with the items in the museum. I especially liked how they highlited those things by making them the only things in color. I thought it was interesting too how the guy who works at the museum takes it open himself to keep the balloon safe for the little girl when she comes out.

Concerns: Some younger students not familar with graphic novels may not know how to read them, in this case follow the pictures. The concept of things going on outside the museum correlating with items in the museum may not be understaood by younger students.

Classroom Use: This is a great book to have in the classroom for students to view during free time. I think this book could also be incorporated in a social studies lesson about museums.

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