Chasing Vermeer Tour

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Step one: Watch this video! :)

If you are not familiar with Chasing Vermeer, please visit Anita Silvey's Children's Book-A-Day Almanac before taking the tour.

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"Powell's was one of Petra's favorite places; it was peaceful, and you never knew what you might find. It looked more like a warehouse than a store--books were piled everywhere, and the rooms were jumbled together in a mismatched way." -Blue Balliett, from Chasing Vermeer

"Calder helped out one afternoon a week now, delivering books in the neighborhood or unloading boxes." -Blue Balliett, from Chasing Vermeer

"Calder and Petra lived on Harper Street, a narrow street next to the train line." -Blue Balliett, from Chasing Vermeer.

"Tommy Segovia had lived across the street from Calder until this past August." -Blue Balliett, from Chasing Vermeer

"Families came from all over to study or teach at the University of Chicago, and many of them lived in this part of Hyde Park." -Blue Balliett, from Chasing Vermeer

"Ms. Hussey's classroom was in the middle school building at the University School, in the neighborhood known as Hyde Park." -Blue Balliett, from Chasing Vermeer

Calder's mom taught math at the University of Chicago.

Borrow Chasing Vermeer from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.


  1. @Mandy --Thank you! It was a lot of fun.

  2. Your video is really cool!!

  3. This is really nice! The school where I teach is in Northwest Indiana. I have a Literature Enrichment class and each year the fourth graders read Chasing Vermeer, the fifth graders read The Wright 3, and the sixth graders read The Calder Game. We try to get in to Chicago each year with these groups for a tour at the Art Institute and then on to Hyde Park for the fourth grade to take a walking tour to see all the sights. We end up at the staircase in the Ida Noyes building (Delia Dell in the book). The fifth grade takes a tour of the Robie House. I haven't figured out how to get the sixth graders to England to tour Blenheim Park, but we do look at the Alexander Calder pieces in the Art Institute. I will definitely be using your online tour. This is great for those people too far away to see the real thing.

  4. Thank you for your nice comment. I had a blast making these videos.


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