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You Can't Take a Balloon Into the National Gallery

by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman
Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Published by Dial, 2000
36 pages
ISBN: 0-8037-2303-2

Ages 3 - 8

Children can take a picture-book trip through our nation's capital by following two parallel visual journeys in this zany wordless story. They'll walk with a boy and girl and their grandma through the National Gallery of Art and notice more than a dozen works of art actually located there. They'll also follow the progress of the girl's large balloon, left behind on its string at the last minute with a sidewalk photographer. The balloon blows away, the photographer grabs her life-size cardboard image of George Washington, and the chase is on. She rushes in and out of famous monuments, lugging George under her arm. More than two dozen famous Washington personages--past and present--can be spotted amidst the landscape of national monuments during her mad dash. These two parallel stories are filled with visual details rendered in cartoon art similar to that in the similarly engaging volume, You Can't Take A Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum (Dial, 1998). CCBC categories: The Arts; Picture Books for Older Children; Picture Books for Younger Children; Contemporary People, Places, and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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