Saturday, October 23, 2010

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Comes to Life

This woman, who recently won a Chicago contest, is living out my fantasy. She gets to stay for a month in the city's Museum of Science and Industry. She will live there, sleep there, and explore the exhibits night and day.

Why am I jealous? Because, when I was in middle school, I read the wonderful book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. If you haven't read this book - or if your child hasn't - pick up a copy. It is one of my favorite stories of childhood adventure.

A brother and sister run away from home and hide out at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. They survive by getting coins from the fountain and hiding perched on top of toilets to avoid security guards. Such fun!

While this woman might not have the same thrill of escaping - she certainly gets close!
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