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The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A 3D Expanding Pocket Guide    by Sarah McMenemy order for
Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Sarah McMenemy
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This latest 3D expanding pocket guide series title welcomes the reader to one of the world's great museums. With over two million works, the Met's galleries showcase a treasure house of works that span 5,000 years of culture from prehistory to today.

This five-foot-long, cut-paper souvenir features thirteen of the museum's galleries. You'll view the majestic Great Hall, the Temple of Dendur, which was relocated to New York when the Aswan High Dam was built, and Charles Engelhard Court, which is home to over sixty works by American masters.

Next on the tour is the Arms and Armor Court, the oak Boiserie from the Hotel de Varengeville, the European Sculpture Court, the Medieval Sculpture Hall, and the Leon Levy and Shelby White Court (Roman Court).
Other stops include the Damascus Room, which represents an upper class Syrian home of the Ottoman period, the Sculpture Gallery, the Modern Art Galleries and the Astor Court, which is modeled on a Ming-dynasty scholar's courtyard in Suzhou, China.

Short descriptions accompany each stop along the way and a map shows where the display areas are located in reference to one another. Not only is this an ideal way to keep alive the memories of a visit to the Met, but it is also the ideal way to prepare a child for a planned trip in the future.

Art teachers may want to set this foldout book out in the classroom to give students a sense of what this storehouse of art treasures holds. The other titles in the series that focus on cities (New York, Paris, London and Washington, D.C.) are just as impressive.

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