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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: 3 - 6 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joanne Dugan is a New York City-based creative director, author, photographer, and curator. Her photography-based projects include published books, websites and other digital media, design projects, fine art installations and short films. Her new hardcover book of eighty-five photographs, titled "Summertime," features the work of 46 emerging and established contemporary photographers and the words of 34 literary masters, and is published by Chronicle Books.

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.





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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Hickman on March 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paula Zanger on November 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookster on April 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Macchio on September 3, 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Pottheiser on November 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
So much more than an ABC book. A beautiful take on seeing New York. The perfect gift for any New York baby or New York couple.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Lemon on April 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a gorgeous tribute to New York City and raising kids there. I highly reccomend it for any parent of a young child living in New York, or in fact, any urban city. Finally, an ABC book that is fun to read aloud, beautiful to look at, intelligent and relevant to city kids. I just bought 4 more for gifts. Thank you Joanne and Pam!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Reale on November 2, 2005
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Fresh approach to a children's book. I loved seeing what came next with every letter. Trying to guess where each photo took place was fun too. Great gift item. I highly recommend getting your own copy of this book.
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By BK on June 20, 2011
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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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