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Katie and the Mona Lisa
     

Katie and the Mona Lisa

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by James Mayhew
 

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Katie and her grandmother are off to visit the museum again, and tiffs time Katie steps into the Mona Lisa painting to find out what makes her smile. Mona Lisa, it turns out, no longer feels happy because she is lonely, so Katie takes her from painting to painting to try to bring back her smile. They explore several Renaissance masterpieces, and soon the museum is in

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Katie and her grandmother are off to visit the museum again, and tiffs time Katie steps into the Mona Lisa painting to find out what makes her smile. Mona Lisa, it turns out, no longer feels happy because she is lonely, so Katie takes her from painting to painting to try to bring back her smile. They explore several Renaissance masterpieces, and soon the museum is in a muddle. In the end, Katie helps the Mona Lisa's find her smile.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This is the fourth book in which Katie visits a museum with her grandmother. This time, while Grandma is resting, the little girl admires the Mona Lisa. She wonders aloud what it is that makes her smile. "Then come inside, bambina!" beckons the painted lady. When she does, Katie discovers that Mona Lisa is bored. Together they visit several other famous works from the Italian Renaissance, wreak havoc in the museum by letting characters out of their frames, and learn something about each painting. In the museum, Katie and her surroundings are sketched with plenty of white space around them, but each time she enters a painting, the entire two-page spread is completely colored in, adding depth and detail to the original piece of artwork. Raphael's St. George, Botticelli's dancers, Carpaccio's lion, and Leonardo's angel all spring to life. A page of brief information on the featured artists is appended. This fanciful tale is not particularly compelling but it may encourage children to use their imaginations when viewing fine art.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Katie's back (Katie Meets the Impressionists, p. 148) this time to trip through the world of Renaissance paintings with her new friend, Mona Lisa. When Katie appears inside her painting, Mona Lisa admits she's lonely and starts to cry. Plucky Katie decides to give her a walking tour through the other paintings to cheer her friend up. The chivalrous hero of St. George and the Dragon is charmed by Mona Lisa's beauty, but a visit to Botticelli's Primavera angers the dancing muses, who chase the two new friends away. Eventually, the main character in The Lion of St. Mark and St. George's dragon lock claws in a fight on the museum floor, which involves the muses, St. George, an angel with a lute, and museum patrons. The fight tickles Mona Lisa's funny bone. Mayhew's drawings artfully combine classical reproductions with lively illustrations, in this more sobering trek through art than found in Bjorn Sortland's Anna's Art Adventure (p. 889) (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531301777
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Katie and the Mona Lisa 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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James Mayhew successfully captures the interest of his young readers through this book. It is the element of fantasy that intrigues children of all ages. While visiting an art museum and gazing at 'The Mona Lisa,' to Katie's surprise, Mona Lisa invites her in to her picture frame. Katie discovers that Mona Lisa is actually very lonely and wants to meet new friends. Together, they climb out of the picture and into the museum, exploring all of the paintings in hopes of meeting new people. Who would ever think in their wildest imagination that a 20th century little girl would get a chance to meet the Mona Lisa and experience many kinds of enchanting adventures with her? Their search leads them to discover something different about each painting. The chance to ride on top of a flying lion would certainly be a very surreal experience. Witnessing an angel climbing out of his picture frame to bring order to a museum in such disarray would be quite amazing to see as well! The fact that the stories and characters are uniquely enchanting with each painting keeps the reader involved with the on-going adventure. For the students who are bored with Italian Renaissance art (as I once was),this book cleverly introduces them to these masterpieces in a whimsical way. After reading this book, students won't be able to view the paintings the same way again!