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Comment: Dust jacket and cover are in Good condition with signs of wear from storage. Pages and binding are in Very Good condition with limited signs of storage or use. Former library book - library stamp info and tape on inside front/back cover, front dust jacket, top edge and spine. Pages are otherwise free of markings. Clear reinforcement/protection cover over dust jacket.
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Block City Hardcover – August 1, 2005

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From Publishers Weekly

Wolff, creator of such visually arresting books as A Year of Beasts , illustrates a favorite poem from A Child's Garden of Verses. In her now familiar combination of strong black, block-printed line juxtaposed with vibrant watercolor, she explores the literal and emotional content of Stevenson's work. The simple jacket of this well-designed volume shows a wagon full of bright blocks, with the softly evoked watercolor outline of the block city in the background. This is closely followed by pictures of other elements named in the poem: an overstuffed sofa becomes mountains, and the carpet becomes the sea. The pages illustrating the boy's imagined city are carefully detailed, incorporating subtle references into the timeless landscapes of each spread. Ages 3-7.
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PreSchool-Grade 1–This colorfully illustrated version of Stevenson's poem is as relevant today as when it was written for A Child's Garden of Verses in 1883. On a rainy day, a small boy constructs a city with building blocks. His imagination soars and his creation soon includes a harbor, mill, palace, and kirk (the illustrator helpfully defines the word kirk on the verso of the title page). The couch becomes a mountain range and the carpet an ocean, while a collection of toy people populate his vast domain. Done in colored pencils and gouache in rich, deep colors, the large, clear pictures have a retro feel. The boy's real and imagined towns are both blanketed by dark rain clouds that soon give way to sun and bright blue skies. Demolition appears to be as satisfying as the building process for this youngster: Now I have done with it,/down let it go!/All in a moment/the town is laid low. Having had enough quiet entertainment for one day, he runs out into the sunshine to join friends, but his imaginary world remains clear in his mind. This enduring poem will charm modern children.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689869649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689869648
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 5 year old loves this book & it has inspired him to try & recreate the city built of blocks in the book even using our couch as the mountain! I do wish it had more pages, and even more scenerios to recreate. But the pictures are awesome and the city the kid built was very inspiring for my son! I don't know of any other books like this with beautiful pictures of blocks. He gets the Childrens Highlights magazine and there is always one page in there with something you can build with blocks, and its one of our favorite pages too in this magazine!
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I love this book! By using Stevenson's poem, Ashley Wolff captures the magical moments of childhood in a way that will bring a rush of memories to adults, and instant recognition to children. Staying in bed with the flu or a cold, most children devise imaginary games to occupy their time. Future quiltmakers, carpenters and other folks, will recognize themselves in this book. A delightful romp!
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A very nice literary add-on to a present of blocks! Encourages imagination in block play. Love the illustrations which depict mixed block types, a perfect way to extend any building set. Highly recommended.
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The Illustrations were More Majestic In My Day, But I Bought it For The poem Not The Pictures. Wish It Could've Been More Like That But That's Been 45 Yrs Ago Since I First Memorized It In Third Grade. Just Special To Me.
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Format: Hardcover
Block City is a lush, colorful block building adventure, with text from the classic poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. Daniel Kirk's bright illustrations capture the pure joy and imagination of the little boy as Stevenson's words set the magical tone. Hazel says: I like blocks and this has lots of blocks. We give this book 5 stars for pure, lovely fun!
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I really like the book but not in love with it. Our 22 month old really likes the pictures but there is something lacking in the prose.
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For the past few years, I have given this as a birth gift to all my friends and they all love it also.
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