Museum Trip

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Boy dives into mazes in wordless, imaginative adventure.

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Educational value

Shows the kinds of things you might see in a museum, such as collections of ancient objects from other civilizations.

Positive messages

Museums are fun. Be curious and open to adventure. Look closely to see all you can. 

Positive role models

The boy is curious, adventurous, and observant.

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Not applicable
Language
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Museum Trip is a wordless picture book by Barbara Lehman (The Red Book) about a boy who gets separated from his class on a field trip and enters an exhibition of mystical mazes filled with actual works of art -- paintings and sculptures parents could be able to identify for their kids.

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What's the story?

This book without words tells the story of a boy who's separated from his class during a field trip to a museum and becomes part of a mystical exhibition of mazes.

Is it any good?

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MUSEUM TRIP is, on the surface, a straightforward story of a boy who gets lost (literally) in an exhibition of mazes at the museum. But parents can encourage a more complex "reading" from their kids by looking more closely at the bold, clean illustrations. The pictures are simple and inviting; dark outlines give the book the look of a coloring book filled in. The boy's red jacket makes his figure pop even on the drabber maze pages. The careful illustration of actual works of art invites families to identify the pieces. Kids might enjoy learning the names of the paintings and sculptures. And everyone will enjoy solving the series of mazes, which are simple enough that even younger kids will be able to trace through to the end.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about museums. What kinds of museums would you like to visit?

  • Parents also might want to review what kids should do if they get lost. How can kids get help finding their parent or caregiver?

  • What's fun about reading a wordless book?

Book details

Author:Barbara Lehman
Illustrator:Barbara Lehman
Genre:Picture Book
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Arts and dance
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Children's Books
Publication date:May 22, 2006
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):5 - 7
Read aloud:5
Read alone:5

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