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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Starbright Books (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932065245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932065244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A routine summer ride on the subway is transformed into a brief, toe-tapping Caribbean holiday in Cohen's (Will I Have a Friend?) animated tale. But Greenberg's (Aunt Lilly's Laundromat) gouache art, with its electric hues and primitive style, supplies the bulk of the book's energy. The artist fluidly captures the ample magic that emanates from the multicolored straw bag of a friendly island woman dressed in native garb. The sweltering passengers' grim expressions melt into exuberant smiles as the Island Lady pulls out of her bag "the cool Island breeze," the green Caribbean Sea, a picnic lunch featuring island fare and the Calypso Man, singing a catchy if hokey rhyming tune. Her piece de resistance: "an Island town," featuring palm trees, bright pink buildings and a street full of people "doing the jump-up." Cohen's intermittent attempts at island dialect often fall flat, but her inventive idea for transforming the tedium of subway riding?creatively realized in Greenberg's sprightly pictures?will lift the spirits of any child familiar with subway travel. Ages 4-7.
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Lively paintings in Caribbean pastel hues joyfully fill in the details as the rhythmical text celebrates the unexpected magic of a routine trip. --Horn Book Guide

This is a hymn to the power of imagination. --Philadelphia Inquirer

This is a hymn to the power of imagination. --Philadelphia Inquirer

This is a hymn to the power of imagination. --Philadelphia Inquirer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What a fun book to read. This book lends itself so well to a riveting read aloud. Add your own voice accent and song rhythm as you rollick your way through the subway scene that is so aptly captured. Fun for the reader, fun for the hearers!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
It's funny to think about the preconceptions a person brings to a book. When I picked up the picture book, "Down In the Subway" I was thinking it would be one of those staid and serious tales about what the subway is like. There would have been explanations about trains and lines and who built the tunnels and stuff like that. And I'm sure that there are books out there that list such information. This just isn't one of them. Nope, this is a Caribbean-infused tale of one boy's amazing subway trip. It's bright and fun and offer a great deal of surrealism for the kiddies.

Oscar and his mom and little brother are taking the 1 Line on the subway home. Oscar's a little shy, but he keeps looking at an Island Lady sitting on the train near him. The lady, "smiled a fine Islands smile" and asks the boy if he'd like to know what she has in her bag. Before you know it she's pulled cooled island breezes from its depths. She's removed the sea itself, delicious island foodstuffs (ackee rice, salt fish, callaloo, pineapple, and coconut tarts), as well as a Calypso Man. She pulls out a steel drum band and then an entire Island town itself. Then, in the midst of the entire subway car dancing and partying to beat of the band, Oscar and his mom reach their stop (125th street). They wave goodbye to the mysterious Island Lady and they never see her again. But that's okay. Oscar's remembered her song and, "sang it so much, pretty soon his baby brother could sing it too".

Author Miriam Cohen has truly penned a "Cat in the Hat", Manhattan style. But where the Cat's bag only held objects that wreaked destruction, the Island Lady's bag contains objects that bring a whole lotta good times. There's a great rhythm to the text of this tale.
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Format: Paperback
Just perfect to get in the swing of the warm weather months, here's a book that just makes you feel all bright and summery! Down In The Subway tells the story of Oscar's ride on the subway, and what happens one particular day when commuting with his mom and baby brother. Restless Oscar gets up and twirls holding onto a pole, when a woman (the Island Lady) asks him if he would like to see what is in her bag. Oscar's mom gives her approval, and from there we are taken on a magical subway ride fantasy. Each spread features island entertainment more delightful than the last. I won't spoil any of the fun spreads for you by pointing out any details but I will say that the writing and the art mesh beautifully--both wear a laid-back island vibe that bring the party right to the reader, no invitation needed.

The folk-art illustrations feature the soft and bright colors of caribbean island life, and the characters are full of personality (including the subway car itself). The design layout, illustrations and text all work together in unison. Some elements of the illustrations, for instance, are used as a backdrop for text to perfect effect. The art appears to be in gouache paint, so gouache illustration fans- this is one for you to check out!

This is a great book for those who love New York City since it is also a lovely homage to NYC as well. A super fun book with a lot of energy and spice, and a lot of "music" in the pages!
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Format: Paperback
This book was a favorite of my son's for many years, from early childhood right through kindergarten. The story is silly and engaging - a great jump-off point for make believe, and the text is within the reading range of a first or second grader, especially with help from a parent, teacher, or other caregiver.

The illustrations are beautiful. The colors go from muted yellow depictions of uptight train riders to a full on red and fuschia and teal calypso party, back to the yellows, with a nice bright splash.

The pace of the book and the color progression of the illustrations echo the primary event of the story: a train ride. Nice touch on a sweet story.
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