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ABC NYC: A Book About Seeing New York City Hardcover – May 1, 2005

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810958546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810958548
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We live in NYC and I was looking for an ABC book for my daughter's 2nd birthday. There were several on NY so I almost got one, but the text was a little too advanced than what I was looking for, and the art was mediocre. Then I was browsing in a bookstore and saw this one on display. It took one skim and I bought it and we LOVE it. With black&white photos, bold colors, and letters straight from the city, it's more "New York" than any book with painted pictures could ever be. I think my favorite is "M is for Manhole - there are 500,000 to jump on!" So so true. But then, "J is for Jackhammer - cover your ears" is also too true. It's a perfect book for children and grown-ups to share together and bond over the ever-unique experience that is New York City.
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Joanne Dugan's concept of life's daily NYC language, illustrates how both an adult and child see and talk about their world together. Goodbye Barney, Hello Barneys New York for the child in us all and the parents that helped form our world. What a wonderful experience for all involved; International tourists, former New Yorkers, uptown/downtown personalities and suburbanites from the greater metropolitan area. Reality WOW what a concept. How lovely to see it lived and contained in gestural photographs of spirited moments. I look forward to other cities, indigenously revealed, so that additional communities can be seen through her magnificent lens!
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This is an excellent alphabet book that my niece and nephew loved for a long time. I bought this for one of them as a toddler, but they were still into the pictures of the city when they were 4 or 5.

Others have mentioned that this is a great book for kids who live in NYC - but I bought it for kids who live in the country and aren't familiar with the sights of a city, and they loved it too. It's a great introduction to all the common, beautiful details and materials of an urban setting, along with being a good alphabet book.
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By NickB on September 11, 2015
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Very cool book. I bought it as a shower gift for a friend who used to live in NY. The pictures are awesome, but in hindsight, i kind of wish I had bought one geared more toward kids. This seems more like a book you might set out on your coffee table. An older child (5+?) might appreciate, but seems a tad abstract for a younger child.
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Great pictures and quality book. Bought this for my nephew, 3, who only knows we live in NYC and has never visited. It is a great way to introduce elements he wouldn't see coming from California. When he does get to visit we'll use it as a scavenger hunt to find the ABC's in his book. He enjoys the pictures and has started to memorize the words.
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This is a beautiful and novel twist on the alphabet primer that will make learning the A-B-Cs more fun for both parents and kids. The compelling photographs capture the unique character of New York's letters and landmarks, and the "urban grid" design brings the photographs and text together perfectly. If you are a city parent with young kids or you just love New York, this book belongs in your home. The only trouble is you may not be able to decide whether it belongs on your child's nightstand or your coffee table. Bravo to author Dugan and designer Hovland!
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I bought this book for my first grandchild because the photographs are colorful and unique to her "hometown!" The best part is the last page, which gives the locations of all the letters depicted in the book...I can't wait to take Olivia around town and show her where the ABCs came from! A wonderful companion book is 123-NYC also by J. Dugan.
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Love this book. I ordered this for my 2 year old in preparation for a long weekend in NYC. He likes letters so this was a good fit. He asked for it to be read over and over again. The pictures are very good, and it was fun to actually find the items in the book once we arrived. Warning: he took to heart the text about jumping on manhole covers. This added significant time to our walks.
An overall great book.
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