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You Can't Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts [Hardcover]

By Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman (Author), Robin Preiss-Glasser (Illustrator) & Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)
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While a brother and sister, along with their grandparents, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the balloon they were not allowed to bring into the museum floats around Boston, causing a series of mishaps at various tourist sites.

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Studio: Dial
Pages   37
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.32" Width: 11.38" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   1.21 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2002
Publisher   Dial
Age  4-8
ISBN  0803725701  
ISBN13  9780803725706  
UPC  050553017994  

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Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman lived in New York, in the state of New York. Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman was born in 1944 and died in 1976.

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Fantasy Boston  Jan 12, 2008
This wordless book follows the adventures of a grandmother amd her ever-expanding group of helpers as they chase her granddaughter's green balloon through historic sites of Boston. Many of the people they encounter along the way- some of whom join in the chase- are updated versions of the famous works of art that the rest of the family is viewing at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (or MFA, for those of us in the know).

One of my favorite paintings in the museum is of the writer and his wife on honeymoon (I don't have the name in front of me right now), and one of my favorite places to hang out as a young teen was the reading room of the Boston Public Library. I was therefore moved when I saw the painting mimicked in the reading room by two young, collegiate-aged lovers.

Some of the modern-day, Bostonian updates that worked were of the Indian god/juggler, the high-society horse riders/tennis players, and the modern art statue/umpire. Those I found to be creative and clever interpretations.

In some cases, though, I thought the interpretations were forced, most glaringly the update of the famous Renoir painting of the dance that was updated to have Grandma running into someone else. I also felt that the authors painted a rosier picture of Boston than, frankly, the one my children and I experience every day. By and large, the people we see sleeping on the Commons are not college-students going for a snooze, but the homeless and mentally ill. Further, while I love the Chinatown area, it is, unfortunately, coarser and less bohemian than the one the author's illustrate.

Finally, while I liked the idea of famous Bostonians hidden throughout the pages of the book, in many cases they were too well-hidden. While there is a reference I can use at the back of the book to find them, I just don't like to work that hard when I'm reading a book like this to my children, and neither do they.

Overall, I think the book gives a view of some of the magic that is Boston, both through its art and history. However, I hope young readers and visitors won't be too disappointed by the fact that you might have to dig a little bit harder to find it in the real city.
Boston, a Balloon, and Fun.....  Jul 22, 2002
The Preiss sisters are back and taking Boston by storm, or should I say balloon. As in their previous books, You Can't Take A Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museum and You Can't Take A Balloon Into The National Gallery, a little balloon carrying girl and her brother visit the Museum of Fine Arts with Grandma and Grandpa. Everyone knows you can't take a balloon inside, so Grandma does the honors and waits outside on the steps, holding the treasured balloon, while the others go in and take their tour. In no time, the balloon escapes, and the fun begins. As life imitates the famous artwork the little girl is observing inside, Grandma chases the balloon all over the city from the Boston Library, Trinity Church, Chinatown, and the Boston Harbor, to Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, Fenway Park, and many other famous landmarks along the way. This hilarious, joyous, manic romp, will mesmerize youngsters with it's exuberant and engaging pen and ink illustrations, with just a little color used here and there to highlight the action, and includes thirty-three hidden famous Bostonians, sprinkled throughout the comic book-like pages, to find and learn more about. Part art book, history lesson and travel brochure, this is a creative and inventive tour of one of America's great cities, and includes a map of the balloon's route, an informative list of artwork seen in the museum, and biographical sketches of the hidden "faces from history." Perfect for kids of all ages, You Can't Take A Balloon Into The Museum Of Fine Arts is a wonderful addition to an already terrific series, and guarantees hours of clever and imaginative, page-turning fun.
Building on the enormous popularity of "You Can't Take A Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museum" and "You Can't Take A Balloon Into The National Gallery" Weitzman and Glasser now offer a fun, colorful peek at the Museum of Fine Arts while presenting an affirming grandparent/grandchild relationship.

Each full-color page bursts with vibrant energy as a little girl's balloon (not allowed inside the Museum) escapes her grandmother's grasp and soars away. Off we go, following the green orb through the streets of Boston. This chase is matched with the works of art the little girl is viewing.

There's a bit of history here, a bit of whimsy, and a lot of entertainment...


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