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The Museum

The Museum - Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds I love this book. It pairs perfectly with the Creatrilogy [bc:Peter Reynolds Creatrilogy Box Set|13777082|Peter Reynolds Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color)|Peter H. Reynolds|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347939336s/13777082.jpg|19410852] series from Peter Reynolds [bc:The Dot|825377|The Dot|Peter H. Reynolds|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1336450098s/825377.jpg|2919579], [bc:Ish|765654|Ish|Peter H. Reynolds|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320534668s/765654.jpg|2130956] and [bc:Sky Color|13531092|Sky Color|Peter H. Reynolds|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1337109088s/13531092.jpg|19092760]. The best art affects a viewer in many different ways. The Museum translates the transformative impact of art through one girl touring a museum, viewing a wide variety of art and sculpture. By the end of the book, the girl is presented with a blank canvas as an invitation to express her own effervescent creativity through art. Art is oftentimes perceived as a cerebral experience, and I especially appreciate how physical and emotional the girl's perception of art is displayed here. This book could accompany a trip to a museum or be used as an object lesson that art lives within us all and is not relegated to that which hangs on museums walls.