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123 NYC: A Counting Book of New York City Hardcover – April 4, 2007
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So I love the fresh take on counting in photographer Joanne Dugan's 123 NYC: A Counting Book of New York City, a follow-up to her ABC book (featured on CMP last Spring.) Bold, colorful digits uncovered around the boroughs accompany stunning black and white photos portraying fresh concepts like 3 children devouring black and white cookies, 9 local sculptures, or 13 fish on ice in Chinatown. Little kids will love the charming, kid-friendly photos, while older ones (me included) will dig trying to identify the locations. - Cool Mom Picks
"This celebration of the city and its diverse population of kids is a welcome reminder to find wonder and excitement in each new day." - Playthings Magazine
"Dugan not only invites viewers to sharpen their powers of obervattion, but communicates infectious enthusiasm for noticing details that have children surveying their own surroundings with new eyes." - Kirkus Reviews
"This well thought out book celebrates the hustle, bustle and diversity of arguably our country's premier city. A striking addition. - Children's Literature
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Joanne's photography and writing has been published in six previous books: "ABC NYC: A Book About Seeing New York City," (Abrams Books), "123 NYC: A Counting Book of New York City," (Abrams Books), "Taxi Driver Wisdom," (Chronicle Books), "Beauty Parlor Wisdom," (Chronicle Books), "Mostly True," (fine art private press) and "To Music and Other Short Stories," (RDH, Germany). Her work has been recognized with national awards from Communication Arts, Photo District News, Graphis, The Art Director's Club, HOW Magazine and the AIGA, among others.
Joanne is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography in New York City and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She lives in Harlem with her husband and son and works from an historic 19th-century artist's building in Union Square.
Top Customer Reviews
The premise of both books is simple. City kids see a different world and have to develop a different visual vocabulary. The books reflect what they see day to day and relates to counting and the alphabet. They also allow you to use your imagination and use them in many ways. For example, if you are in 6th Av and 56th St, you can ask the kids how many of the book's sculptures they see. It is a nice way to get to see and know the city all over again.
My kids LOVE this book! They love that everything in it is found in NYC (where we live) It is a fascinating collection of numbers to look at for adults. We try to guess where they all are in the city. I have given this book and its sister book (ABC NYC) many many times as gifts because they are so original and the kids ALWAYS love them! (Especially my out of town friends-it is a nice reminder of their trip here).
1) It is a fun way to teach little ones basic counting skills
2) Whether you are a New York native or just love to visit, you'll enjoy identifying the locations of the images (my favorite: the 12 clocks)
3) Dugan strikes just the right blend of tribute to the city and with wry humor (check out the shoes.)
You can count on this to be the perfect gift!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fun book with fun pictures. i hold my son's hand as he sticks out his 'pointer' finger and we tap each item on the page to practice counting. he could count to 20 by age 2.Published 10 months ago by pppp1234
Bought for my grandson and neither he nor I liked it for various reasons. It didn't label pictures with what they are, i.e. Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by Marilyn J Frankel
This is a great alternative to traditional counting books. It's super cute and creative. It would be great for a kid in the city because it's the things they would see every day. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by KDoor
Get this is ABC NYC- they are great companion books and my twins loved it when I read them to them. They are very colorful and entertaining :)Published on April 24, 2010 by Yen
I loved the book especially because my child was featured in the book she was the little girl on the letter "H" page eating a hot dog!!! Read morePublished on October 23, 2009 by Ahisha Douglas
What a delightful approach to the world of numbers; our little boy loves to read through it with us, and now by himself. Read morePublished on March 20, 2008 by L. Grenville
123 NYC is lush; it makes for a perfect gift for any child with an interest in the city, in art or with an inquisitive nature. Read morePublished on March 20, 2008 by Mike Rosenthal