Molly’s grandmother is always taking her to “Interesting Places” (always capitalized in Molly’s mind) and they’ve never been to an Interesting Place that her grandmother had not seen before, but after a school field trip, Molly discovers that her grandmother has never been to the Museum of Natural History! She is shocked, how is it possible that her grandmother has never been to the Museum of Natural History? So she comes up with a plan. It is her turn. She will take her Grandmother to an Interesting Place, and so begins How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum written by Lois Wyse and Molly Rose Goldman and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay.
Molly wants to make sure that everything goes well on her adventure and she’s definitely a planner. She instructs her grandmother to make sure to wear sensible shoes, go to the bathroom before she leaves home, and above all to stick close to Molly. Molly starts with the dinosaurs thinking that her grandmother would appreciate something that was even older than she was. Initially, her grandmother is not impressed, but Molly starts telling her everything she knows about the fossils, how old they are, how they were put together, the names of the different dinosaurs, and random facts about each dinosaur as they stroll through the exhibit, walking past Anatotitan, Stegosauraus, Tupuxuara, Pteranodon, Apatosaurus, and of course Tyrannosaurus rex.
Then it’s off to tour the world in the dioramas. They pretend to put on thermal-lined hiking boots as they enter the mountain exhibits, go through the ocean exhibit, and stop at the rock collection. (Both my kids thought the security guard shown outside the rock exhibit was hiding 🙂 Molly is determined to show her grandmother everything in the museum. They look at the insects, frogs, human biology exhibit, off to the ice age to see the woolly mammoths and grandma decides to top off the day with a quick trip to the museum shop…(’cause grandmas are good at things like that).
This is a great book about the relationships between grandchildren and grandparents and the things they have to teach each other. It’s also fun to read before exploring a Natural History museum on your own. The Houston Museum of Natural Science has an amazing dinosaur exhibit as does the American Museum of Natural History in New York where How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum is set. My youngest is dinosaur mad at the moment and he had a lot of fun telling me everything he knew about the dinosaurs in the pictures and of course trying to count all of the teeth!