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Museum Trip.

Museum Trip. Barbara Lehman. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Illus., hardcover, 40 pp., $15.00.

This wordless tale is valuable for art-interested people because it demonstrates the potency of the visual narrative and it takes place in an art museum. The book follows the adventures of a young boy (previously appearing in The Red Book) who, while on a field trip, gets lost and finds himself wandering through a modern gallery of labyrinths. While studying the paintings, he suddenly finds himself inside one of them. After solving puzzle upon puzzle, the boy, now a hero with a medal around his neck, leaves the maze and rejoins his class. Was this just the boy's imagination? Or did he really become part of the maze? Lehman's colored drawings and simply rendered characters enhance the mysterious aspect of this adventure, and youngsters and art lovers alike will enjoy traveling through the mazes and identifying each artwork.

--Reviewed by Ken Marantz, professor emeritus of art education at Ohio State University.
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Author:Marantz, Ken
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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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