THE NEW YORK TIMES
"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...ncteacherstuff.blogspot.com
...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." ~nymetroparents.com
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." ~greatkidbooks.blogspot.com
"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.