You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum

You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum
Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss; Glasser, Robin Preiss (Illustrator)

New York City and its famed Metropolitan Museum of Art provide the setting for a crazy collision of art and city life in this inventively illustrated picture book. It all starts with a little girl's trip to view the museum's treasures and the parallel journey of her runaway yellow balloon. Floating down Fifth Avenue, past Central Park, bumping into a very silly tea party at the Plaza Hotel, and even adding to a tumultuous performance at the Metropolitan Opera, the balloon becomes part of a hilarious panorama of scenes that seem to mirror the paintings and sculpture raptly viewed by the wide-eyed little girl. The result is an illuminating exploration of how life can be captured with both the blink of an eye, and the stroke of a brush. Real-life sisters Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser pooled their skills, ideas, and memories to create this very special collaboration. Ms. Glasser is the illustrator of Judith Viorst's Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move . Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman lives in New York City. Robin Preiss Glasser lives in Newport Beach, California.


While a girl and her grandmother visit the Met, the balloon she must leave outside has its own adventures.

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