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We're Off to Harvard Square Hardcover – August 24, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions (August 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188983386X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889833866
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We're Off to Harvard Square is a delight, written in sprightly verse and beautifully illustrated. It's intended for 9- to 12-year-olds, but younger kids and adults will like it, too. --Frommer's Boston

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Verse and pen-and-ink whimsy make this a "children's book for all ages" about one of New England's most popular places.

More About the Author

Sage Stossel is a contributing editor for The Atlantic and a cartoonist for the Boston Globe, the Atlantic.com, the Provincetown Banner (for which she received a New England Press Association Award), and elsewhere. Her cartoons have been featured by The New York Times Week in Review, CNN Headline News, The LA Times, Nieman Reports, Editorial Humor, and other venues, and her humor writing has appeared in The Atlantic. Her work is included in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, and Attack of the Political Cartoonists. She is currently at work on a graphic novel, Starling, forthcoming from Penguin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AZ on September 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"We're off to Harvard Square" is a kiddie book that describes a day in Harvard Square, the commercial area around the well-known university. The book features cute Dr. Seuss-like rhymes and busy pen and ink drawings. Folks that know the region well will recognize the names of the streets, shops and restaurants in the pictures and smirk at more than a few details as they read it to their kids. A colored interior, not coloring-book-style line drawings would have made the book more exciting for children: the true target audience are the parents (Harvard or MIT alums, perhaps), not the kids themselves. Adults will look at the pictures and think, "yes, that's what the trash cans look like", or "ah, there are bikes locked to posts everywhere" and think fondly back on college days and biking in traffic.

Written in 2004, the pictures are slowly becoming dated as Fleet is now Bank of America, and Herrel's, the ice cream parlor that has more than a few pages devoted to its delights, has recently announced it is going out of business. I'm very curious whether any money changed hands for shop-fronts and businesses to be included by name in the illustrations. Au Bon Pain is conspicuously absent, while an umbrella in another illustration boasts Samuel Adams beer. The Coop, a centerpiece of the area, is mentioned in rhyme.

All in all, it's an adorable book for a niche market- I would not recommend it for someone who's never been to Harvard Square, but if you have, it's a delight.
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There are some references to businesses that are now closed, but anyone that currently or formerly lived in the area will still appreciate and enjoy this book!!
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Growing up in the suburbs of Boston, as a teen I and my friends took great delight in going to Harvard Square for an afternoon and evening. It was like a great bazzar. Decades later, my own kids discovered the allure, and spent many spring and summer days there. Now I have a grand-daughter, and we take her there too.
The Square has changed over the years, but still has that vibrant and exciting flavor that we all love. (if only they would bring back the Blue Parrot!)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harvard alum on August 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great kids book as well as a great momento of a trip to Boston. And the ideal gift for a Harvard alum who has kids - it's got lots more personality than most of the Harvard oriented momentoes. The rhymes are short and lively and the fun drawings give a great sense of what it's like to wander around the Square. My kids have had us read it lots and are so excited that places they have been are in a book just for them. It would make a great graduation present as well.
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