A Nickel, a Trolley, a Treasure House

by Sharon Reiss Baker and Beth Peck

Lionel likes to draw. In fact, his teacher is so impressed with his art that she... read more

Lionel likes to draw. In fact, his teacher is so impressed with his art that she arranges to take him on a journey into the heart of the city—to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lionel knows, however, that traveling to the museum means taking the trolley, at a fare of 5 cents each way. How will he ever find a way to come up with that king’s ransom? It’s a seemingly insurmountable challenge for a nine-year-old Polish immigrant living in the tenements of New York City, but one that proves anticlimactic, especially in the wake of the wonders Lionel experiences on a trip that enriches and expands his understanding of himself, of art, and of the world around him. Beth Peck’s beautifully rendered impressionist illustrations accompany a story set in the early 1900s and based on shreds of author Sharon Reiss Baker’s own family history. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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