With the help of his son Rubens, the famous painter Charles Willson Peale finds a way to transport his natural history treasures to a new museum in Philadelphia's Philosophical Hall.
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Grade 2-6-- This historical picture book hits the mark for appropriateness of narration and illustration. The story documents the establishment by Charles Willson Peale of the first American natural-history museum in the Philadelphia of 1794. The Peale family is moving, and the question is how to transport such items as a stuffed bison, large prehistoric bones, and rare plants to their new museum home six blocks away. The Peales' young son Rubens gathers the neighborhood children and organizes a parade of the natural wonders. With sufficient historical apparatus to ground the story in its Federalist setting and watercolor and pencil pictures brimming with period detail, the illustrations are vignetted on the page as though they were tipped in, framed by large white backgrounds giving the book an antique look. The quantity of detail, as well as the action of the drawings, call to mind those of Randolph Caldecott, although Morrow's line drawings here are not as fine and precise. The family's black servant is treated respectfully; his status as a slave or freeman is not clear, nor does it seem important. A lively bit of Americana. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0027675904 Ships promptly from Texas. Bookseller Inventory # HGT6108MAGG122116H0096A
Book Description Macmillan, NY, 1990. New. Book Condition: Brand New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Barbara Morrow (illustrator). 1st Ed. Based on a true story. With help of his son Rubens, the famous painter Ch.Wilson Peale finds a way tio transport his natural history treasure to a new museum in Philadelphia. Charming coloured illus.by the author. Hardcovers. Bookseller Inventory # 000749
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0027675904
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027675904
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110027675904
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