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A Poem as Big as New York City: Little Kids Write About the Big Apple Hardcover – September 4, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789320835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789320834
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Poem as Big as New York" warmly illustrated by Masha D'yans and edited by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative lets the streetwise innocence of young poets shine through. Their big poem is an anonymous collaboration drawn from stacks of handwritten paeans to their hometown...
...Illustrator Masha D'yans's artwork is amazing. Watercolor pictures of different cityscapes provide the backdrop for the poem character who is shown by small repeating words inside the shape of the letters P-O-E-M. These are some of my favorite pieces of artwork that I have seen in 2012 children's books. 

"The book includes 74 color illustrations...that reflect the playfulness and whimsy of the children’s poetry. Together, images and words dance, jump, and stroll down crowded sidewalks, taking readers from the South Street Seaport to The Apollo Theater and everywhere in between."

I was truly amazed by this book. You can hear the multitude of individual voices coming together as one.....The children describe their city in both poetic and truly child-centered terms."

"This homage to New York City is the brainchild of the nonprofit Teachers & Writers Collaborative, which asked children throughout the five boroughs to write about their city. Their observations are integrated into a single poem that reflects on neighborhoods, landmarks, and what it means to be a New Yorker...ethereal paintings depict glassy skyscrapers, streets dense with people, and a childlike personification of a poem constructed of text. A mosaic as dynamic as its subject. Ages 5-up." ~Publisher's Weekly

"We can’t think of a more vibrant way to see the five boroughs from a kid’s perspective, and for parents and children to be inspired to share their take on city life." ~New York Family

"The poem, both written on the pages and personified in art, is an exhilarating read and the result of an innovative series of writing workshops in the city’s public schools. The result was a melding of perspectives, descriptions, alliterative verse and sound words into a poem that feels almost as big and bold and diverse as the city itself…” ~Wherethebestbooksare

About the Author

Teachers and Writers Collaborative provides and advocates for literary arts education by supporting, developing, and implementing strategies to enhance students’ interest in and love of literature and writing. Masha D’yans is a celebrated artist whose work has been featured in books, calendars, and merchandise created specifically for the Museum of Modern Art. Walter Dean Myers is the award-winning author of more than fifty books for children and young adults and is the national ambassador for young people’s literature.

More About the Author

Creating stuff has been Masha's favorite thing to do ever since she was a little girl in St. Petersburg, Russia. Masha moved to the U.S. when she was a teenager eventually studying painting, printmaking and graphic design at the Cooper Union in New York. After graduation she worked as an art director, focusing on brand identity, for several design and advertising agencies. Despite her professional success in graphic design, she never forgot her love of painting.

In 2002 Masha launched a greeting card company based on her own watercolors. Her playful painting style draws on inspirations from nature, fashion design, calligraphy, Japanese art and, of course, her native fairy tales. Whimsical and sophisticated, her themes are evocative of a child's imagination: euphoric abandon, humor, everyday mystery, and the beauty of imperfection.

Masha's cards have found their first audience through upscale stores such as Barneys NY, Louis Boston and Neiman Marcus. Now her card line may be found in exclusive boutiques as well as in specialty lines developed for Target and Barnes & Noble. Her growing list of products includes t-shirts and home decor for Neiman Marcus, The Gap and Target, CD jackets for Bergdorf Goodman, bedding for Garnet Hill, and t-shirts and home decor for Urban Outfitters. Masha's work has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows including Funny People and The Kids Are Alright.

Masha also designs paper-engineered cards for The Museum of Modern Art's renowned holiday card line. Her Times Square ball drop design recently won an international Louie award.

Razzle-Dazzle Ruby is her first pop-up book.

You can visit Masha at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Bernard on October 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Follow a character who is Poem across New York City. He expresses the many voices, passions, cultures and famous locations that make New York a city that all who live there and visit there know and love. Readers will follow Poem through all of the gritty, bright and colorful abstract depictions of New York's people and places. The jumping, dancing and frolicking about of Poem make this an incredible lively read.

How cool you are today, New York,
with all the action of Manhattan!
Your colorful wave of faces, a place of change where everyone came -
New York, you are a bustling, loud, never-resting place,
a house of mirrors, a mastermind, a supermodel on a runway,
a beehive, a rocket, a poem, a city.

A huge collaboration of poems written by children from all over New York city fill pages with there wonder and magic. Children wrote their own poems that reflect how they view the city they live in. Abstract illustrations bring the words to life. This creative endeavor introduces all who opens its pages to the wonderful world that is New York city.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By My Book Addiction and More on October 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A POEM AS BIG AS NEW YORK CITY Edited by Teachers & Writers Collaborative,Illustrated by Masha D'Yans, Forward by Walter Dean Myers is an interesting collection of children's poems. A collection of poems written by children of New York City that show how they view their city,the sights and sounds of their city. With beautiful illustrations,the help of teachers and writers alike," A Poem As Big As New York City" is just that a poems as big as the city itself. If you enjoy poems you will enjoy this collection,grandparents and children will enjoy this title. To view the world through the eyes of a child is truly magnificent,they tell the truth and are so innocent. Written for ages 5 and up. Received for an honest from the publisher. Details can be found at Universe Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.



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By amb on May 12, 2013
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My 7 years old son loves this poem! This is one if you looking for a creative poem book for kids.
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