Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Visiting the Art Museum by Laurene Krasny Brown #24

Brown, L.K. (1986). Visiting the art museum. Illustrated by Marc Brown. New York: E.P. Dutton.

Book Type/Pages:


Grade Level:

Pre-Kindergarten through third grade

Curriculum Links:


Author Credibility:

The author acknowledges staff from the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Gallery of Art.


1988 Kentucky Book Award

Book Summary:

This is a book about a family that visits an art museum. They travel through different rooms in the museum and see examples of primitive art, ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, as well as examples of Renaissance armor, Impressionists art, and twentieth century pop art.

National/State Standards:

National Art Education Standards:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
Reflecting upon and asserting the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines


The illustrations in this book appear to be done in watercolor and colored pencil. Each two page spread contains a different gallery room in the art museum and contains both photographs of the art work and illustrated reproductions within the room. The members of the family in the art museum have conversations in speech bubbles.

Access Features:

An important access feature in this book include an art index titled “More About The Art.” Each two page spread has a thumbnail outline of the illustration with numbered references of the art pieces. A description of the art work is also included. Another access feature includes tips for enjoying an art museum.

Writing Style:

The writing style of this book is informal. The text is set up to be read like a cartoon with characters interspersed in the illustrations speaking through speech bubbles.

Use in My Classroom:

This would be a good book to use at any stage of studying art work. Because the book spans many different times through art work, it would be appropriate during many different art periods.

My Response to the Book:

I loved this book! I found it in the library by accident while looking for another book and after flipping through it, found it to be a great read! The humorous interactions of the people in the museum made this book enjoyable to read. I especially loved the art index in the back of the book and spent lots of time going back and looking at different art pieces while reading the index.

Related Texts:

Squeaking of Art: The Mice Go to the Museum by Monica Wellington
Museum ABC by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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
Inside the Museum: A Children’s Guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Joy Richardson

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