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A Nickel, A Trolley, A Treasure House

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Growing up on the Lower East Side, Lionel knows only a tiny tenement apartment and a few crowded streets. He scribbles drawings on every available scrap of paper but doesn’t think much of them—until he takes a momentous streetcar journey to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There, he finds that the world is a wider and more exciting place than he could have imagined. With ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Viking Juvenile
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(NS)Jennifer Reiner
Oct 28, 2009 (NS)Jennifer Reiner rated it really liked it
This story takes place on Manhattan's Lower East side in the early 1900s. Lionel's older brother make deliveries, peddle chestnuts and ices, and shine shoes to help out. Lionel's sister works with their mother in the dress shop. Lionel spends his time drawing anywhere he can. Lionel's parents do not really approve of this hobby, but his teacher encourages his talent. His teacher treats him to a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Before going, he worries about finding the money to take the ...more
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Oct 28, 2008 Wilhelmina Jenkins rated it really liked it
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A wonderful story of a Jewish immigrant boy living in NYC in the early 1900's who has a talent for drawing. His teacher takes him on a trolley ride for the first time, crossing Delancy to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This book shows the wonders of a museum to a child seeing them for the first time. This story is based on the life of the author's grandfather who became an artist.
Paige
A wonderful picture book about a Jewish boy in Brooklyn in the early 1900's, and his trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The paintings in the museum inspire him to become an artist. Lots of intriguing bits of culture and the colors of turn-of-the-century New York.
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May 03, 2010 Alison added it
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I met this author at Deborah Brodie's writers' luncheon. For those who think a children's book is easy to write, check at the back matter for the sense of how much research went into this tale of old New York.
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Sep 22, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
This book contains a strong story about art, teaching moments, and perseverance, all wrapped up in intriguing illustrations.
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Lovely story about the impact a teacher can have on a child.
Beautiful illustrations!
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