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Journey Around New York from A to Z (Journeys) Hardcover – May 1, 2002

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The Zschock sisters (Journey Around Boston from A to Z) bring their series to the Big Apple, where Heather Zschock, the designer of the series, presently lives. The mallard who guided the Boston tour is replaced here by a pigeon; it appears on every page, often in costume (e.g., dressed as an orchestra conductor or wearing a fire helmet). The alphabet theme only loosely organizes the information, as alliterative sentences, not topics, appear alongside each letter. Transportation, for example, is discussed at "R": "Roebling's rope wires reach across the river"; on each spread, a large watercolor (in this case, of the Brooklyn Bridge) illustrates a detailed paragraph (here, about the construction of that bridge). An inset panel shows a related subject (the Staten Island Ferry), while in the bottom margin a detail (a subway entrance) shares space with a fun fact (the city's buses, rails and subways "transport 2.3 billion people a year all over town!"). The events of September 11 figure under "T" ("Tough times take teamwork"), where a panel showing the Twin Towers is set into a view of the Unisphere from the 1964 World's Fair, "a symbol of `peace through understanding.' " For all the facts and details, the Zschocks also favor generalizations like "Broadway shows are now more popular than ever" and "With rowboats, hiking trails, and theater, [Central Park] offers fun for everyone"); the tone may be upbeat, but it's also bland. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 1-4-A fact-filled, alphabetical journey through the five boroughs of the city. A pigeon serves as a tour guide of sorts, appearing on every page in either the small inset illustration or in one of the smaller spot-art drawings located along the bottom of the pages. The format works well to introduce famous landmarks and neighborhoods with descriptive alliterative sentences, such as "Dragons dance by dim sum diners" as an introduction to Chinatown and "Gorgeous gardens grace glass-houses" for commentary on the New York Botanical Garden. Succinct paragraphs of historical information are located under each full-page, highly detailed colored-pencil-and-watercolor illustration. In a much smaller type size, a one-sentence, sometimes quirky, bit of information is imparted as well, as in "Many skyscrapers don't have a 13th floor. No one wants to be on an unlucky floor!" This up-to-date book includes a reference to and inset illustration of the former Twin Towers under the letter T: "Tough times take teamwork." The book begins with a map and a listing of the 26 landmarks showcased. The endpapers offer a different sort of New York alphabet to readers, featuring small illustrations of interesting trademark items, such as a Nathan's hot dog, a blue box from Tiffany's, and a yellow cab. A wonderful testament to a diverse city and its equally diverse residents.
Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 6
  • Series: Journeys
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889833320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889833323
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for my 9-month-old twins. They won't be able to read it for a while, but it's waiting for them on their bookshelf as soon as they're ready for paper pages!! It's not a baby book, but I couldn't resist it when I saw it.
As a New Yorker, I'm a discriminating critic - this book is chock full of interesting text, great detail and fun illustrations. The quality is great. And all the adults that see it feel compelled to read it cover to cover.
So it's really a fun, fun gift for a family with kids, whether or not they live in or plan to visit New York.
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This is a nice book for young and old. It is on a reading level for about 4th to 6th grade but those much younger could enjoy it being read to them. There are good water colour type pictures, many small ones on the fly leaves and large ones on the pages with a bit of text and some other smaller illustrations too. There is a general map of the boroughs and information about the history of the city.

Everything is covered, from Wall Street, Coney Island, and downtown, to sights such as the USS Intrepid and the Statue of Liberty and Lincoln Center. There is a brief mention of 9/11, the Macy's Day parade and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis helping to preserve Grand Central Station.
There is a lot of information in this book for learning about New York and even planning to take a trip there.
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What an innovative concept! Amazing art and fun-filled facts! Like an alphabet soup of NYC history and sites; a joy for kids and adults. (Not just for kids) Native New Yorkers and visitors are sure to love it!
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waiting for the book for my 2nd grade kid...they have it in school so I like it
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It is such a fun read. Love the pictures and the places it takes you to!
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