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Anna at the Art Museum

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I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Love, love, love the pictures in this book. The young girl reminds me of my curious niece. A fun story.
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Adorable and engaging story for young readers. Perfect read to accompany a trip to the museum. Beautifully illustrated.
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Such an adorable book. Anna does not want to go to the art museum, but readers will enjoy the outing as they realize that in this book, life imitates art.
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Anna at the Art Museum is a book I desperately wanted to love. Art is such a critical part of the human experience and also something I feel children aren’t exposed to enough. Any exposure is good in my book! The illustrations in this book were wonderful, and the museum setting allowed some beautiful paintings to be presented. However, I didn’t feel the aha moment along with Anna. I understood the connection she finally had to a piece, and I appreciate the sentiment that love for art starts with that first connection, but it just felt a bit empty to me. Yes, it’s a children’s book, but there was an overall disconnect for me. That said, I love the intent and the About the Art section at the back of the book. However, it was ultimately just ok for me.
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This was a really cute book. I love the artwork. The story was very entertaining and I liked how Anna sometimes got into trouble, but in the end everything was okay. This book shows an alternate way to appreciate the masters and mysteries of the art world and museums. The other characters in Anna's  journey through the art museum were also entertaining.
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Art museums are not built for children. Though many museums now have programming intended for young audiences, a museum experience still may be overwhelming for a child.

Anna, in Anna at the Art Museum, is doing her very best to have a positive experience with her mother, but she seems to be breaking rules without even knowing, and a grumpy guard points out her mistakes at every turn.

At the end of the day, Anna’s perspective has shifted, thanks to some guidance from the same grumpy guard.

As Anna moves through the museum, the images in the surrounding paintings appear to interact with the onlookers, providing thoughtful commentary on art, and giving children a delightful opportunity to spot similarities between the art and the museum patrons.

The images in this title include artwork from around the world and from a variety of time periods, which could be a valuable and accessible introduction to art for young children.

Thank you to Annick Press and NetGalley for providing a copy of this title.

Anna at the Art Museum – Written by Hazel Hutchins, Illustrated by Gail Herbert

Children’s Literature – Annick Press – Publication Date: 11 September 2018
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This is a cute story about a little girl's visit to an art museum.  It has lots of reproductions of famous pieces of art which might make it useful for a prelude to an art museum.
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An adorable book about how Anna takes her experience at the art museum from bored and restless to interesting and invigorating. With the help of a security guard, Anna begins to see some of the "behind the scenes" excitement of the art museum; there, she learns that some of the artists' renderings look just like her. She begins to experience the works in a different way, enchanted and awed. 

An adorable book to review for actual artworks and to show students the beauty and power of visiting an art museum. It shows that art is really for All.
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Wonderful!
I love how the art on the walls are actual art pieces - and the index in the back is perfect for further study. This is an excellent add-on book for homeschool families during art study. Anna is very relatable as a bored young child in an adult oriented space - but a seemingly stern attendant quite literally opens up a door to a whole new world for Anna. I look forward to sharing this title with my child.
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Anna at the Art Museum follows Anna, a young girl who is not exactly excited to be at the museum. That is until she discovers artwork that reminds her of herself. I love that real artwork is incorporated into this picture book. I can see this book being used in art classrooms or to spark discussions about why history is important and how museums make us/you think about the world around us.
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Gorgeous illustrations befitting a book about art!  This book would be the perfect prelude to a trip to a museum.  It is also an excellent book to spark a young artists interest!  The representations of real art was amazing.  The story was very cute and Anna was very curious and adventurous!  Some of my favorite qualities in a main character of a children's book!  

5 stars!
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This is a fine story about a fun trip to an art museum with some sweet moments, but at times it felt a little didactic with lessons about being in a museum. I would have preferred a little more whimsy and less don't touch the paintings. It'd be great in a stack of library check-outs, but I wouldn't call it a must-read.
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Would recommend for anyone who likes picture books or who is looking for a decent children's book. I read picture books because I think even as an adult I can still get information from them. I like this one and it was mainly because of the museum aspect. I am a nerd and I just like museums. Will be getting a hard copy of this for certain.
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This is a really cute story about an little girl that goes to the art museum with her mom, she is very “active” and wants to touch everything and climb everything. As the parent of a very active 4 year old i can relate. What I love about this book is that in every page, in the background you see real pictures of great works of art, such as Monet, Degas, Cezanne and others. At the end of the book, there are a couple of pages with the paintings and the description of it (author, year and where is kept), very nice! Next time we go to a museum, we can look for some of these!
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Love this peek into the art museum through the eyes of a young child. Anna certainly is very curious and her arch nemesis at the art museum turns out to be the security guard. No surprise there, but there's a neat little twist about that. 

I like how the book incorporates real pieces of art into the illustrations. (Or rather photographs of the real pieces of the art.) And it's great how some of the illustrations mirror the pieces of art themselves, like the Scream!

Definitely a book for art lovers or to introduce your child to the world of art.
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I thought the use of the illustrations throughout the book was clever and cute.  However, the storyline seemed a bit disjointed and did not flow for me.  I understand that visiting museums has it's rules.  The moment Anna understood the purpose of the art museum seemed to lack the moment to grasp readers and just was not pivotal.

I gave it 3 stars due to the clever and cute illustrations.
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Anna is an energetic girl on a visit to an Art Museum. Not the most exciting way for a curious, active child to spend the day. Each room seems to be yet another series of boring pictures that you can't even touch!  And then Anna spies a doorway left ajar. With some help from a sympathetic guard, Anna gets to visit parts of the museum regular visitors cannot.

I love the examples of art sprinkled throughout the book (along with explanatory notes at the end). This book is a great introduction to a variety of artists and styles of art. If you are planning a visit to an art museum with a young person, consider reading this book first to help them understand what they will encounter.  Maybe even bring the book along and see if your museum has any of the same paintings or find art that demonstrates a similar technique or uses the same subject or color choices. Readers will enjoy exploring with Anna and won't even realize they are learning at the same time!

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Anna at the Museum from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.
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Anna at the Art Museum gives children a good idea of what an art museum is all about.  On the surface they may get bored looking at piece after piece, but when they see what deeper things go into making those pieces of art ready for display, a new door will be opened for what they perceive an art museum to be.
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Thank you Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

What a delightful storybook! Perfect for kids who love museums but are frustrated with the fact that they can't touch anything. Reminds me of my childhood. Thank goodness there are now children's museums.
I loved that the author included pictures of real paintings and had their descriptions at the end. I would definitely buy this one.
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This was an ok book for me. I loved the art featured but the story was lacking for me. I did, however, like how Ana was bored by the contained art but found inspiration in the making of art. But overall wasn't for me. 

I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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