Goldman, Molly Rose 1988(?)-
GOLDMAN, Molly Rose 1988(?)-
Born c. 1988.
(With grandmother, Lois Wyse) How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1998.
Molly Rose Goldman was approximately ten years old when she and her grandmother, the much-published nonfiction author Lois Wyse, collaborated on How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum, a picture book for young readers. The child of the story leads her grandmother through the American Museum of Natural History, all the while noting facts about the dinosaurs, reptiles, insects, mammals, and sea creatures that are featured along the way. They view fossil remains, visit a model of the human circulatory system, experience the cold of an Ice Age exhibit, and examine a meteorite that hit Greenland. In the museum shop, grandma buys the girl a snowflake obsidian for her rock collection. School Library Journal critic Susan Hepler noted that the grandmother "is appropriately impressed and unhurried," a woman "who is refreshingly ready to listen and enjoy her companion."
The book introduces basic science and natural history concepts and includes accurate descriptions of each exhibit mentioned, along with the phonetic spellings of scientific words and dinosaur names. A Publishers Weekly contributor felt that the "warm rapport between granddaughter and Grandma make the field trip immediately accessible." Booklist reviewer John Peters felt that children "may be as strongly impressed by the evident pleasure that the two visitors take in each other's company as by the setting."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, January 1, 1999, John Peters, review of How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum, p. 892.
New York Times Book Review, November 15, 1998, Walter Goodman, review of How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum, p. 49.
Publishers Weekly, November 2, 1998, review of How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum, p. 82.
School Arts, September, 1999, Ken Marantz, review of How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum, p. 48.
School Library Journal, December, 1998, Susan Hepler, review of How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum, p. 96.
Science Activities, spring, 1999, Emmet L. Wright, review of How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum, p. 37.*