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My Subway Ride Hardcover – Illustrated, August 18, 2004

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–This picture book begins: "The city is the body,/the subway is the blood,/running through/tunnel veins." From using a MetroCard to listening to musicians on a platform to standing aside when the passengers get on and off, a young narrator describes many of the sights and sounds of New York City's underground rail system. The rhythmic text, when read aloud, has a jazz beat that almost sounds like a moving subway car. The colorful illustrations show token booths, trains crowded with people of diverse backgrounds (while the text highlights many of the languages being spoken), and signs and more signs. The artwork is bright, clear, and just a little surreal as subway maps and grids are incorporated into most of the paintings. The picture for the Museum of Natural History stop shows a train traveling up a dinosaur's spine, while the cars heading for Coney Island take on the appearance of a roller coaster. This lively and informative story could be used for units on community, transportation, or city sounds.–Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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From the "pitch, smack, home run!" of Yankee Stadium, to the rattle of the Cyclone and the sticky cotton candy on Coney Island, to the pulse of the crowd in Times Square, My Subway Ride spotlights the rhythm and beat of New York City's subway train. Join the sea of colorful faces as they watch and listen to subway station musicians who sing of the train's sound and rhythm as "a pulse, the pulse a heartbeat a jazz riff a constant sea A mama's belly whisking us home." Hop on the N or Q, or on the 1 or 2, and discover the heart of the city. You don't want to miss the next stop! Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender are a husband-and-wife writing team who live in Brooklyn, New York. Paul has co-authored three books with musician Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book, Abiyoyo Returns, and Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup. Jennifer is an early childhood educator and curriculum developer. Paul and Jennifer's favorite subway line is the Q train. Selina Alko, a children's book and editorial illustrator, studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has illustrated many educational books including Show and Tell Rose (McGraw-Hill) and Jump Rope (Bebop Books). She has also illustrated a weekly portrait column in Showbiz Magazine (Las Vegas) since 2000. Selina currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband Sean Qualls. Her only mode of transportation is the subway.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Second Edition edition (August 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586853570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586853570
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Matheson on June 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A semi-finalists in the 2005 Independent Publisher Book Awards!

"The city is the body, the subway is the blood, running through tunnel veins." There is poetry and music in these lines; the text pulses with a jazzy beat. This is a smart, sassy, hip presentation of the underground world of the New York City subway. From the moment the reader "buys" a ticket and climbs aboard, he or she will experience some of the voices, color and imagery of this bustling place. On the subway cars, we see many different faces - various ages, ethnic groups, nationalities, walks of life: "A sea of faces, an ocean of voices, a bit of the world in every car." The readers stop at different points of interest: Yankee Stadium (161st Street), Times Square (42nd Street), Coney Island, and so forth. The illustrations are bold and riveting. At one point, the subway cars ride up the spine of a dinosaur skeleton in a natural history museum. This is a terrific introduction to the subway system, and perfectly timed: 2004 marked a century of use.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WA Mommy on March 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My 4 year old and I LOVE this, even though he's never been on a subway! Great writing, simple, but descriptive. Wonderful graphics. Makes me want to go ride one for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucero James on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We have several subway books because my son is obsessed with trains. However, this is his favorite and he even recites the lines when on the actual train. The person who gave the 1 star review based on the writing probably doesn't have a child and is so cynical and dead inside they cant appreciate poetry and picture books anyway. It sounds excellent read out loud and is an enjoyable read.
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