A story that captures the magic of the museum and offers a first step towards taking a closer look at art.
“I wish there had been a book like this when my children were younger!”—Beth Schneider, Head of Learning, Royal Academy of Arts, London
“A special trip to and through the Cleveland Museum of Art for any grandchild!” —Jane W. Kessler, Appletree Books, Cleveland
“I was captivated by this story of friendship, the beautiful illustrations, and how the author, Mary Lee Corlett, fuses together humor, education, and the significance of art in our lives.”—Annisha Jeffries, Youth Services Manager, Cleveland Public Library
This is the story of a painted butterfly named Belle who usually lives in a painting in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Belle hatches a plan to visit her grandmother, whose home is a painting in the Cleveland Museum of Art. But once inside the museum, how can she find Grandma? A cabbie named Red offers her a lift, and the butterfly and the cabbie embark on a fast-paced, wild ride. Speeding, spinning, sinking, and floating, dodging arrows and birds looking for a tasty snack, they travel through some of the finest, liveliest, and most intriguing artworks in the museum’s collection. Do they find Grandma? You’ll have to read the story to find out!
Mary Lee Corlett is an art historian with a passion for children’s literature. She is a research associate at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and has published on such artists as Romare Bearden, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jackson Pollock. Her long experience of exploring art through children’s eyes goes back to her first museum job as a teaching assistant for Saturday kids’ classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Corlett’s love of art and children’s literature happily
merge in her books about Belle, “the butterfly who flew out of a painting.” She is also the author of Belle: The Amazing, Astonishingly Magical Journey of an Artfully Painted Lady (2011), which introduces children to the collection of the National Gallery of Art.
Sophie Cayless earned a degree in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University. She has worked as a naturalist and park ranger, where part of her job was creating interpretive graphics, as well as an illustrator and an art teacher. Her publications include Beaver Tales, which she wrote and illustrated in cooperation with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park,
Both Mary Lee Corlett and Sophie Cayless are members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.