Article Title

Anna at the Art Museum


Karen Abbott


Outstanding, Preschool, Primary, Museum, Paintings, Boredom, Appropriate Behavior, Discovery

Document Type

Book Review


Anna is bored. She can't roar at the lion or touch anything or even eat a snack on the floor. Why? Because these things aren't allowed in the Metropolitan Musem of Art! This is not the place for an active, rambunctious little girl like Anna. Then, just as Anna is about to violate another rule (a "Do Not Enter" sign), the museum attendant thinks he might be able to let her in after all. Anna enters a special room where paintings are being cleaned and restored and where people are studying art. One man is working on a painting of a little girl in a chair who looks just as bored as Anna feels. For the first time, Anna can relate to a painting. This opens a whole new experience for her, and as they go back out to the museum, she discovers a world of color and new vision! As they open the door to go home, Anna feels the air from the museum mix with the air outside, suggesting that her whole world has been changed.