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While she's in the Metropolitan Museum with her grandmother, a little girl leaves her prized yellow balloon tied to a railing outside. But its string becomes untied, and the balloon embarks on an uproarious journey through New York City. With an ever-increasing cast of wacky urban characters in tow, it soars past a host of landmarks. Eighteen famous paintings and sculpture ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 29th 2001 by Puffin Books (first published September 6th 1998)
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Kathryn
Jan 31, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite new discoveries! I love this book! It's a story told in pictures (I liked having to focus on the pictures since I have a natural tendency to focus on the words more) about a little girl who must leave her balloon outside when she visits the Met--then a curious little pigeon unties it! Oh no! The faithful doorman chases after it, encountering all manner of new people from various places in NYC (the opera, the Plaza Hotel, the zoo, the ice rink) who help him chase after it. Thei ...more
Ann
Feb 18, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ann by: Katie
A delightful illustration book! There are no words to this story, just whimsical illustrations detailing each turn of events.

When a young girl can't take her yellow balloon into the art museum, the kind doorman offers to watch over it for her. But when the balloon escapes a series of chase-scenes ensue, each getting more and more elaborate (and somewhat unbelieveable, but that's part of the charm).
The illustrations are endearing, and the use of color is wonderful! It's also great how the action
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 10, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love NYC, art, museums, beautiful & creative illustrations
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
This wordless picture book makes me want to create a New York shelf, but I will refrain. This book was a nostalgic experience for me, as I spent some of my childhood in Manhattan and most of the city landmarks and places depicted were familiar to me.

This book is utterly delightful, beautiful, funny, full of substance, and I just loved it.

I really enjoyed the illustrations, especially how each one had a wonderful mixture of color and black and white, and I also was drawn to the style of art. The
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Dolly
Jan 16, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We read the book You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery and really enjoyed reading it. It has a special significance to us, since we live near Washington D.C. I have to admit that I've never spent much time in New York City, so I am very unfamiliar with the Met. But still, we enjoyed reading this book just as much as we did the one featuring the National Gallery.

It's a fascinating wordless tale, and one that has so many hidden pictures and things going on that you could spend at lea
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Ronyell
Jan 11, 2011 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
I was reading this book for the Children’s Books Picture Book Club and I have to say I was really impressed with this book! “You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum” is a cute wordless picture book by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss about how a little girl has to leave her yellow balloon with the security guard since she is not allowed to carry the balloon inside the museum and then the security guard ends up having the adventure of his life when the yellow balloon flie ...more
Sarah Adamson
This is a fantastic fun book with no words! The book tells the story of a little girl and her grandma touring the Metropolitan Museum and seeing all sorts of wonderful works of art. However the little girl was asked to leave her yellow balloon outside the museum where a security guard promised to look after it. He didn't do a good job and ends up chasing the balloon all over the city with the scenes matching the art the little girl is looking at, with lots of people helping. He gets the balloon ...more
Carla Stafford
Dec 20, 2015 Carla Stafford rated it it was amazing
My favorite thing about children's books is often the illustrations. I admit this is odd for a word girl like myself . In this book, there are only illustrations. While the story is fairly clear, your imagination is allowed to fill in the blanks... Let's not pretend that's isn't what reading is all about anyway. I sort of love this book...
Gabriella Pugliese
Oct 13, 2016 Gabriella Pugliese rated it it was amazing
You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum is written by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman. This book has not received any awards and is recommended for use in the grades Kindergarten through third grade.

In this wordless picture book, a young girl and her grandmother visit the Metropolitan Museum. In order to enter the museum the little girl has to leave her yellow balloon tied to the railing outside until her grandmother and herself decide to leave. However, while they are inside the museum
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Cassie
Dec 16, 2015 Cassie rated it it was amazing
Title: You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum
Author: Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman
Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser
Genre: Wordless picture book
Theme(s): Adventure, history, culture, art
Opening line/sentence: (From the intro) You can't bring a balloon into the Metropolitan Museum, so a little girl leaves her tied to a railing outside.
Brief Book summary: Because she cannot bring her balloon into the museum, a little girl ties it to the railing outside. However, it escapes and has an
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Jesse Richards
Jan 01, 2017 Jesse Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy to have found this. One of the most beautiful children's books we have.
Meshi Zilberstein
Jun 06, 2016 Meshi Zilberstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wordless
This book has not won any awards
This book is appropriate for ages K-3

Summary
A little girl her grandmother visit the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, but the security guard at the door tells the little girl that she cannot take her balloon inside. Seeing her distress, he ties it to the railing reassuring her that it will be there when she is done, but when a pigeon cuts the balloon loose, he embarks on a journey chasing the balloon through New York City meeting many different people along the way. Fi
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Stephanie Croaning
While I personally found this wordless picture book to be entertaining and fun, I also was disturbed by the lack of diversity within the pages. The story focuses on a girl and her grandmother going on a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The girl's yellow balloon is not allowed inside the Museum, but a security guard ties it to the railing outside and promises to keep it safe. The balloon breaks free, and hijinks ensue as the guard chases the balloon throughout the city.

On
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Dree Kinder
Mar 26, 2015 Dree Kinder rated it really liked it
You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman is about a young girl that travels to the museum with her grandmother. She is not allowed to take her yellow balloon into the museum, so she ties it on a post outside. Right as she is entering the museum, however, the balloon is cut looses, and sets free for an adventure of its own throughout the city. This book has no text, and is rather told through all of its pictures.

The way the story works is different than
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Laura
May 05, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wordless picture book skillfully tells the story of a little girl who’s not allowed to take her balloon in to the museum—but when it comes loose from the railing where it’s tied, the kindhearted museum guard chases it through Manhattan. The dynamic illustrations successfully convey the humor in the story, but the book’s real strength is the clever juxtaposition of reproductions of the artwork inside the museum with the parallel chaotic scenes happening outside as the guard chases down the b ...more
Samantha Stock
Aug 10, 2016 Samantha Stock rated it really liked it
Visual Literacy Entry #3 (Wordless)

Text to self: I absolutely loved flipping through this book because I just got back from a trip to NYC at the beginning of the week! I visited the Met on Friday of last week, and the illustrations of the museum and it's surroundings (central park, the plaza hotel) are completely on point. It made me excited to see things that I had just seen in real life and loved so much.

Text to text: There are lots of children's books where the protagonist loses something an
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Laura
Nov 30, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of art with the characters in similar situations and positions. For a wordless book, the relationships shine. The museum guard seems harsh, not letting the balloon in, but he takes his job as balloon guard just as seriously as his job as museum guard. He really valiantly goes after that balloon. I don't think children care so much, but for me, that was sweet as pie. The relationship between the girl and her grandmother was just as sweet, showing a picture perfe ...more
Jessica
Sep 17, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You Can't Take a Balloon into The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Jaqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser, published in 1998 follows the adventures of a yellow balloon through New York City. A grandmother is taking a small girl with a yellow balloon to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, the security guard at the door tells them to leave the balloon outside, which he ties to a handrail. As the girl and her grandmother explore the museum, the balloon travels through the city.

This p
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Sari Zweig
Dec 06, 2014 Sari Zweig rated it it was amazing
Another fun graphic novel book for kids to read. While she's in the Metropolitan Museum with her grandmother, a little girl leaves her prized yellow balloon tied to a railing outside. But its string becomes untied, and the balloon embarks on an uproarious journey through New York City. With an ever-increasing cast of wacky urban characters in tow, it soars past a host of landmarks. Eighteen famous paintings and sculptures are reproduced in this delightful, wordless book that explores the magical ...more
Andrew Casey
Jun 14, 2010 Andrew Casey rated it liked it
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Heather
Jan 12, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The kids and I loved this book. It was a joy to read--even though it has no words! The story is told in a cartoon framework, with illustrations by the woman who illustrates Fancy Nancy books. The plot is this: a girl and her grandmother are going to the museum. The girl has a balloon, which the guard will not let into the museum. He ties it to the banister and the girl goes inside. The adventure begins when a bird unties the balloon. While the balloon and the guard are on a journey, the girl and ...more
Jennifer Binns
An adorable wordless picture book that tells the story of a young girl and her grandmother. They go to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art, but sadly the young girl is not allowed to take her yellow balloon in with her. The yellow balloon takes an adventure through the city while the girl and grandmother explore the art exhibits. I loved that the book contained specific art from the museum with more detailed description included at the end of the book. I think this would be a great book to shar ...more
Melissa Urban
Jul 21, 2012 Melissa Urban rated it it was amazing
Theme: art, museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, humor

In this wordless story, a young girl and her grandmother view works inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while the balloon she has been forced to leave outside floats around New York City causing a series of mishaps that mirror scenes in the museum's artworks.

Uses in the classroom: Use as a discussion about different artists. *Students could pick one piece of art in the book to research further. Each piece is listed in the b
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Megan Piero
This picture book is absolutely amazing. It is about a little girl who must leave her balloon outside of the Metropolitan Museum. When the guard takes it from her to hold it for her, the string comes untied and the guard goes for a wild adventure while she is looking around inside of the museum. There are no words in the book but is very easy to follow along and leaves lots of room for children's individual imagination and encourages their creativity.
As a teacher this will be a must have in my
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Carolyn
Jun 14, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it
I keep finding these books that I would have loved as a kid! For a book with no words, I really loved the story! A young girl goes to a museum but is told she can't bring her balloon inside. Of course the balloon goes off and has a fun adventure while she's inside looking at art. I really enjoyed the way the famous art pieces were imitated in real life throughout the story, I think that could be really fun and exciting for a kid. This book is also great for little ones to be able to create their ...more
Sara Perry
Sep 29, 2013 Sara Perry rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as a child! This fun and silly book captures a yellow balloon's crazy journey around New York City. This book is a great read for children because the illustrations are wonderful and also very educational. The balloon visits many famous landmarks around New York City. Children will become captivated by this book and all of its scenery. I recommend this book to children because they can see some of the history that is so prominent in New York. It is a fantastic read and it is st ...more
Mary
Sep 04, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young girl and her grandma are visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but are stopped by a security guard because of the girl's balloon. She is not allowed to bring it inside but he offers to hold it for them. Unfortunately a bird unties it from the railing and the security guard must chase it all over the city to get it back. Scenes from with the security guard in the city and from the girl and grandma show that real life can mimic scenes in artwork. Busy artwork will hold kids' interest a ...more
The Brothers
Mar 08, 2016 The Brothers rated it it was amazing
A lovely, word-less picture book about a little girl who has to leave her balloon outside with a guard when she goes into the Metropolitan Museum. The balloon escapes and travels around the city "seeing" things that mirror what the little girl looks at in the museum. For instance, while the little girl and her grandmother look at portrait of a woman having tea, the balloon wafts through The Plaza's dinning room where various snooty women are having tea.

Awesome, creatively colored illustrations.
Cheryl Belt-Jackson
May 01, 2015 Cheryl Belt-Jackson rated it it was amazing
Picture book
realistic fiction
Elementary students
Beautiful realistic pictures, great details, no words, just follow the yellow balloon.
Black and white drawings with color that highlights the story. A little girl must leave her ballon outside.The attendant promaise to look after her balloon that flys into the hands of many different people. The reader gets to read both events at the same time. one with the girl in the Metropolitan with actual paintings, and the other with thr travel of the balloon
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Laura Z
Are there two versions of this book? Most of the reviews of this book say the museum doorman takes the balloon or the balloon is tied to the banister and a bird unties it while the grandmother goes into the museum with the little girl. If you actually look at the pictures it is clear that the little girl goes into the museum with the grandfather and the grandmother is in charge of the balloon, chasing it through the city with a man who was riding a motorcycle. What gives?? Whatever the story the ...more
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