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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruthie Knapp Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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She has a legendary smile, and millions come to see her every day. Some say she is the most famous painting in the world. Who is she? Why, the Mona Lisa, of course! But did you know that she was once stolen from her wall at the Louvre? Who took her? Why? Where was she hidden? How was she found? Someone call the police!

Narrated by the lady of the enigmatic smile herself, this is a stylishly whimsical account of the glorious, wonderful, sometimes dangerous life of the best recognized painting of all time. Discover the secrets behind her mysterious smile, and hear for yourself the amazing true story of her kidnapping.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Knapp takes a clever approach and tells it from point of view of the painting. A terrific way to teach children about its origins, Leonardo and his techniques. McElmurry's fancifully adorned art matches the droll reverent tone of the story.”


  • “Engaging, rhythmic-but-not-rhyming text fuses deliciously with McElmurry's marvelous artwork—its decorative style, skewed head angles, strong lines and rich gouache colors…A gem.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An entertaining introduction to the world of art history as well as to this particular painting.”

    Horn Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim | 10/14/2013

    " A great read-aloud for my third graders... they enjoyed the first person narration through the eyes of the painting, and Ruthie Knapp's note at the end about the actual theft in 1911 was informative and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by NancyJo Lambert | 8/14/2013

    " My son and I enjoyed reading this one, and he found that the illustrations of Mona Lisa were fascinating for him because he was intrigued by the way the painting changed throughout the book. A neat book that brings this classic piece of art down to a kids level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melanie | 6/27/2013

    " A simple telling of the story of the Mona Lisa, the world's most famous painting. The story is told from the painting's point of view and is cute but not gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Crystal | 5/23/2013

    " The text is a little dry, but delivers a lot of information. "

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About the Author

Ruthie Knapp has been a freelance photographer, art teacher, and a children’s book author. She has led hundreds of tours at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and continues to think up ways to make learning about art exciting and fun.