Kindergarten-Grade 3–Every letter of this New York City alphabet follows the same pattern while redefining the ABCs with surprising words and pictures. A photo or photos of the letter faces an example or two of something beginning with that letter. For example, "B" depicts several objects (mostly from signage) from around the city and a child wearing two bagels like a pair of spectacles. A line of text per spread (and an index) identifies all the sites and items in the book. While all children will find things they can identify, Q for the Queensborough Bridge and U for Unisphere may be known primarily to residents. The photographs, mostly in black and white, are captivating. Dugan clearly shares a view of a city that she loves, one that will hold the interest of children through repeated viewings. A delightful abecedarian with water towers instead of watermelons; taxis instead of trees; manhole covers instead of monkeys.– Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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"Say Cheese, New York" - New York Times
"Photographer Dugan offers an urban alphabet, with color close-ups of letters on signs, billboards and the like (plus a line of identifying commentary) facing black-and-white shots of New York children, landmarks and street scenes seen mostly from low angles." - Kirkus Reviews
It's no surprise that ABC NYC: A Book About Seeing New York City hits the sweet spot. Though designed as a learning tool for toddlers, the book is a typography lover's wet dream -- a stunning celebration of the alphabet's visual diversity, as seen on the streets of New York. Ten years in the making, the book features remarkable vintage urban typography, from graffiti to subway signs, captured across New York's five boroughs by photographer Joanne Dugan. - Brainpickings
Mother and photographer extraordinaire Joanne Dugan has captured the bold visual vocabulary of the city and turned it into the stunning ABC NYC: A Book About Seeing New York. A = the Atlas sculpture at Rockefeller Center. B = bagel. C = Cosmopolitan straight up. (Kidding. It's actually Chrysler Building.) Expect ABC NYC to increase your child's cultural vocabulary as well. Y = Yarmulke is sure to inspire some more enlightening discussions than the yo-yo or yak you generally find in ABC books. - Cool Mom Picks
"Who knew that even the alphabet can be New-Yorkified?" - Urban Baby
Great pictures and quality book. Bought this for my nephew, 3, who only knows we live in NYC and has never visited. Read morePublished 5 months ago by lovebeasties
A gift for my nephew. He loved it! I wish the pages were thicker to endure use by little kids. The pictures and layout are really well done. Read morePublished 8 months ago by B.Smith
my son Jayden loves this book! he reads it every day :)
i wish it was cheaper though. abc nyc!
This book is a good starter book and makes a great gift. We have purchased several copies to give as gifts and people love it.Published on April 18, 2013 by dj
Whether you're from NYC or not your tot will love learning their ABCs through images from the greatest city on earth!Published on April 14, 2012 by KZuke
This is a delightful book that our son and his wife will particularly enjoy with their newborn
son when he is a few years older, since it is beautifully illustrated but is not... Read more
My twins did! I use this and "123 NYC" everyday during book time and they love it. And I love NYC so it is a nice diversion for me to :)Published on April 24, 2010 by Yen
I live in NYC and bought these books for my nieces who live in Texas when they came to visit.
They utterly loved them. Read more