Woody, this is one of my favorites! It is a third grade level book.
Teachers, you may want to ask the third or fourth grade teacher at your
site if they read it. It was a class favorite when I taught in the
Art Teacher/ Beginning Teacher Mentor
Whitmore Charter School of the Arts and Technology
3435 Don Pedro Road
Ceres, CA 95307
From: Woody Duncan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 9:17 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Night in a Museum
Exploring in a Museum:
In my class at UNM (The Art of Teaching in a Museum) we
read "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler". It was a
new book to me even thought it was first published in 1967. I bought
my copy on Amazon. The story was written for children. It's about a
girl name Claudia who runs away from home to New York City. She and
her younger brother Jamie spend a whole week in the Metropolitan
Museum of Art. They sleep in the museum, they attend tours there,
they bathe in the fountain at night, and they discover a statue named
"Angel" which may, or may not, have been created by Michelangelo.
James and Claudia search for clues to prove that the statue was
really created by Michelangelo. Here is one of several resources on
the web about the book.
A few students in our class had read the book as children.
It's been made into a stage play, a musical and even a movie called
"The Hideaways" staring Ingrid Bergman. There was a newer movie
version staring Lauren Bacall made in 1995 for TV. For some reason I
missed knowing about this book or either movie. Now, I'm passing on
my copy of the book to my nine year old grand-daughters Tess and
Tiffanie. They like reading about girls just a bit older than they are.