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