The Reading Nook | The Museum
You know how you hear a song from your past and you are immediately transported back to that time? Books do that for me too and Peter Reynolds’ books especially.
I had a long road to becoming a mom – I won’t go into the details here but it involves infertility and adoptions gone awry and miscarriages and finally a pregnancy carried to term. Whew! The girl was hard won.
I came across a new book illustrated by Peter Reynolds the other day and I’ll tell you all about it in a moment. But seeing his lovely illustrations reminded me of a couple of other books of his that we have in our reading nook – Ish and The Dot.
I got a little teary eyed looking through Ish again. It was a gift from my friend Jackie at my baby shower 8 years ago. I can’t tell you how I never REALLY believed that I’d ever have a baby shower.
Fond memories because of the gift and a love for Reynolds’ books and illustrations because of his personal vision. Here’s how he describes it:
“My journey has been dedicated to helping kids, especially the ‘off the path’ kid. I was one of them myself”.
I was one of those ‘off the path’ kids too. Reynolds is all about creativity and encouraging kids to express themselves through art. You’ll be taken by his books too!
But on to the new one. Writer Susan Verde met Reynolds at the Southampton Writers Conference. She had the words and needed illustrations. A collaboration was born.
The Museum “playfully captures the many emotions experienced from the power of art”.
As the girl says in the book, “when I see a work of art, something happens in my heart”. Starry Night by Van Gogh makes her all “twirly-whirly, twinkly, sparkly, super swirly”.
If you and your family are lucky enough to visit MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City you will recognize many of the paintings and sculptures in The Museum.
Wherever your next museum visit, I wonder what it will make you feel in YOUR heart?