Monday, July 23, 2007

Museum ABC by the Metropolitan Museum of Art #34

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (2002). Museum abc. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Book Type/Pages:


Grade Level:

PreK through fifth

Curriculum Links:


Author Credibility:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is home to over two million works of art. The “Met” was established in 1872 and is one of world’s largest and most important art museums.


Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award

Book Summary:

This is an alphabet concept book. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by four photographed sections of different works of art. For example, the A is paired with “apple” and four examples of apples in different works of art are shown. The art mediums vary from painting to sculpture to tapestries.

National/State Standards:

National Art Education Standards:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures


The illustrations in this book consist of sectioned photographs of different works of art. All pieces of art are housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each two page spread has four sectional photos on one page and the accompanying page contains the letter of the alphabet and the emphasis for that letter.

Access Features:

Important access features for this book include dark blue endpapers with light blue alphabet letters and an alphabetical index. In the index, each piece of work showcased in the book has information on artist, medium, date, full size, and information on acquisition of the art work.

Writing Style:

Because this is an alphabet book, the text is at a minimum. The majority of text appears in the index. That information is presented in factual form, and not written in a narrative form.

Use in My Classroom:

I would use this in my classroom during a study of art, artists, and periods. This book could be used as a traditional alphabet book, but older students would enjoy, as I did, comparing and contrasting different works of art.

My Response to the Book:

I really enjoyed this book! I thought it would be a little dull since it appeared to be an alphabet book, but I found myself pouring over the index reading the information on each piece of art in the book. While looking through each two page spread, I found myself guessing the artist and period and checking the index to see if I was correct.

Related Texts:

Other books about art museums:

Squeaking of Art: The Mice Go to the Museum by Monica Wellington
Visiting the Art Museum by Laurene Krasny Brown
Babar’s Museum of Art by Laurent De Brunhoff
You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman
I Spy: An Alphabet in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
Off the Wall Museum Guides for Kids: Egyptian Art by Ruthie Knapp
Museum 123 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum Shapes by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Inside the Museum: A Children’s Guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Joy Richardson

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