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Anna at the Art Museum

Anna at the Art Museum

Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:
L.2.3,4,4a,4c,4d,5,5
SL.2.1,1b,1c,2,3,4,6
W.2.1,2,3,5,7,8
RF.2.3,3d,4,4a,4c
RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,1

Hardcover : 9781773210438, 36 pages, September 2018 , 9.20" x 9.00"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781773210421, 36 pages, September 2020 , 8.90" x 8.90"
Rights sold: Korean

Table of contents

ABOUT THE ART

HEAD OF A WOMAN,
circa 1650—1700, by Anonymous. French. Black chalk on grey paper.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
NUBIAN TRIBUTE PRESENTED TO THE KING, TOMB OF HUY, circa 1353-1327 BCE.
Egyptian. Tempera facsimile by
Charles K. Wilkinson, circa 1923-27.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
NEBAMUN SUPERVISING ESTATE ACTIVITIES, TOMB OF NEBAMUN, cica 1400-1352 BCE.
Egyptian. Tempera fascimile by
Charles K. Wilkinson, circa 1928.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
PANEL WITH STRIDING LION, circa
604–562 BCE. Babylonian from Mesopotamia (Modern Hillah). Glazed ceramic.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
THE THIRD ICHIKAWA YAOZO AS A DAIMYO STANDING UNDER A MAPLE TREE,
circa 1783, by Katsukawa Shunsho.
Japanese. Woodblock print on paper.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
THE FIRST NAKAMURA NAKAZO AS A
SAMURAI STANDING NEAR A
WILLOW TREE, 1768 or 1769,
by Katsukawa Shunsho. Japanese.
Woodblock print on paper.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
KABUKI ACTOR ICHIKAWA DANJURO V, 1774, by Katsukawa Shunsho. Japanese.
Woodblock print on paper.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
ADOLESCENCE, OR SISTERS,
1976, by Daphne Odjig. Canadian.
Acrylic on Canvas.
Private collection.
BROKEN EGGS,
1756, by Jean-Baptiste Greuze.
French. Oil on canvas.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
THE FOREST AT PONTAUBERT,
1881, by Georges Seurat. French.
Oil on canvas.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
WESTERN FOREST,
circa 1931, by Emily Carr.
Canadian. Oil on canvas.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
THE SUPPER AT EMMAUS, 1601,
by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
Italian. Oil and tempera on canvas.
National Gallery, London.
DER SCHREI DER NATUR (THE SCREAM),
circa 1893, by Edvard Munch. Norwegian. Tempera and crayon on cardboard.
National Museum, Oslo.
REGATTA AT SAINTE-ADRESSE,
1867, by Claude Monet.
French. Oil on canvas.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
BRIDGE OVER A POND OF WATER LILIES,
1899, by Claude Monet. French. Oil on canvas.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
APPROACH TO VENICE,
1844, by J. M.W. Turner.
British. Oil on canvas.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
NATURALEZA MUERTA / STILL LIFE, 1908, by Diego Rivera. Mexican. Oil on canvas.
Government of the State of Veracruz, Xalapa, Mexico.
STILL LIFE WITH ONIONS, JUG AND FRUIT, circa 1930-38, by William H. Johnson. American. Oil on burlap.
Smithsonian American Art Museum,
Washington, DC.
THE PEPPERMINT BOTTLE,
1893/95, by Paul Cézanne.
French. Oil on canvas.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
LITTLE GIRL IN A BLUE ARMCHAIR, 1878,
by Mary Cassatt. American. Oil on canvas.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
GIRL IN A GREEN DRESS,
1930, by William H. Johnson.
American. Oil on canvas.
Smithsonian American Art Museum,
Washington, DC.
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN,
late 18th century, unknown artist. Pastel.
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis.
WATER-MOON AVALOKITESHVARA,
first half of 14th century, unidentified
artist. Korean. Hanging scroll,
ink and color on silk.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
THE SINGER IN GREEN,
circa 1884, by Edgar Degas.
French. Pastel on paper.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
A WOMAN SEATED BESIDE A VASE OF
FLOWERS, 1865, by Edgar Degas.
French. Oil on canvas.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
DANCERS, PINK AND GREEN,
circa 1890, by Edgar Degas.
French. Oil on canvas.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
TWO DANCERS AT REST OR, DANCERS
IN BLUE, circa 1898, by Edgar Degas.
French. Pastel on paper.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
UNDER THE WAVE OFF KANAGAWA OR, THE GREAT WAVE, circa 1830-32, by Katsushika Hokusai. Japanese. Woodblock print.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Description

Art is for everyone—even a bored little girl.

Going to the Art Museum with her mom is no fun at all for Anna. Everything is old and boring and there are so many rules: Don’t Touch! Do Not Enter! Quiet! A vigilant guard keeps a close eye on the energetic little girl, but even so, Anna manages to set off an alarm and almost tip over a vase.

A half-open door draws Anna’s attention, but the No Entry sign means yet again that it’s off-limits. This time, however, the guard surprises her by inviting her to go in. Here she finds a “secret workshop” where paintings are being cleaned and repaired. Staring out from one of the canvases is a girl who looks grumpy and bored—just like Anna herself. With the realization that art often imitates life, Anna discovers the sheer joy to be had from the paintings on the wall, especially those that reflect what is happening all around her.

Filled with representations of paintings from many world-class galleries, this charming book is the perfect prelude to a child’s first visit to an art museum.

Awards

  • Short-listed, Next Generation Indie Book Award 2019
  • Joint winner, Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association 2019
  • Joint winner, The Years Best List, Resource Links 2020
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2019
  • Short-listed, The da Vinci Eye, Eric Hoffer Book Awards 2019
  • Joint winner, Foreword INDIES Book Awards 2019
  • Commended, Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Honorable Mention: Picture Book 2019
  • Joint winner, Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Arts/Music 2019

Reviews

“The perfect prelude to a child’s first visit to an art museum. ” 

- Learning Magazine, 07/23/19

“So charming and so real . . . a worthwhile addition to home, classroom and school libraries. ”

- CanLit for Little Canadians, 09/05/18

“Clever and endearing. ” 

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 05/23/18

“Each page is filled with motion and emotion, as well as with Crump’s impressive recreations of numerous great works of art. ” 

- Atlantic Books Today, Winter/18

“Art truly is for everybody in this charming book . . . The attention to detail is sublime as Crump’s gorgeous characters and scenery work to mirror the featured pieces on the wall that span centuries and cross oceans . . .   Anna at the Art Museum would be a great book to read before visiting a museum, to prepare children and manage expectations, but truly it is a good book to read any time. ” 

- CM reviews, *starred review, 12/21/18

“The subtle and clever illustrations blend Anna’s life and famous works of art together, mirroring each other—something that children and adults will appreciate as they read. ” 

- I Heart Literacy, 08/28/18

“Lil Crump’s illustrations are a delight. Each scene is filled with visual jokes that reward careful attention. ” 

- The Booklist Reader, 01/23/19

“Lively and expressive, the digital pictures complement the empathetic, well-structured story, but it’s the visual interplay between illustrated characters and museum art that makes this such an engaging, enjoyable picture book. ” 

- Booklist, 09/01/18

“Connection is at the heart of this story and those connections are shown with joy and understanding. ” 

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 11/18/18

“This book couldn’t have had a better ending. ”

- Long and Short Reviews, 01/10/2020