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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Summary

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

What would it be like to live in a museum and take baths in a fountain or sleep in an old-fashioned bed at night? For Claudia and Jamie, they get to experience museum life when they run away from home in 'From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler' by E.L. Konigsburg. Let's see how the story unfolds!

Running Away

Have you ever imagined running away from home? Where would you go if you did? (But running away is a terrible idea!) I used to imagine that the YMCA would be the place to go. It has showers, a swimming pool, a snack machine, everything you could need!

Well, Claudia Kincaid had a different plan in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Claudia runs away with her brother Jamie to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Let's find out what happens on their runaway trip to the museum!

Settling In

Claudia convinces her brother, Jamie, to come with her as she runs away from home. Her brother had saved his money, so she wants to use it to get them to New York City. When they arrive at the museum, Claudia and Jamie begin to live a secret life. Sounds exciting, right?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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They hide in the bathrooms at closing time so no one sees them. They follow tours around the museum during the day to blend in. They even get coins out of the fountains for money while they bathe! Claudia and Jamie have to get creative to get by. Seems like every kid's dream!

Excitement at the Museum

One day, the children realize there is a new exhibit at the museum, a statue of an angel. The museum purchased the angel from a Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler at an auction for just a couple hundred dollars.

The children research the statue and realize that it could be a Michelangelo original! Michelangelo is a famous sculptor and painter from the Renaissance time period. If this statue truly was done by Michelangelo, it would be worth thousands of dollars.

Angel statue by Michelangelo
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