- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (April 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805067930
- ISBN-13: 978-0805067934
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,507,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreSchool-Grade 3-Written in free verse, the selections in this collection of short poems about New York City vary in tone and content. Some are evocative pieces that gently call up images of modern urban life: "A city is/streets crossing,/fire trucks,/bridges,/sirens,/great towers of stone,/and/one red geranium/on a windowsill." Others are specific to New York, describing the Staten Island Ferry ("Hurry, take the ferry!/By day it's cool,/by night it's starry,/and the whistle's always friendly"); local landmarks ("the moon is drifting/like a toy balloon/over the Brooklyn Bridge"); or a "pocket park." Done in colorful gouache, Greenberg's double-page paintings mimic a youngster's two-dimensional style. Observant readers will find the same mother and child in many of the illustrations, quietly connecting one poem to another. These pleasant offerings are suitable for cozy one-on-one sharing. However, the book would also fit nicely in a storytime about urban life, combined, perhaps, with such works as Carole Boston Weatherford's Sidewalk Chalk (2001) or Nikki Grimes's C Is for City (2003, both Boyds Mills).-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. "While buildings sleep / the moon is drifting / like a toy balloon / over Brooklyn Bridge." True to American poetic tradition, these very simple poems by the late Rosten, the first poet laureate of Brooklyn, celebrate both the big picture and the close-up, tiny detail. The streets are crowded with traffic beneath the great towers of stone--and there's a red geranium on a windowsill. Greenberg's clear, collage-style gouache illustrations on watercolor paper show the city through the day and night and through the seasons, especially as they occur in New York. The park is busy with people playing ball and chess, and working out in Tai Chi groups, while a kite sails in the sky. The diversity of the neighborhood is part of the story, and children will enjoy the view of people they know in a busy, magical place in both sunshine and snow. Hazel Rochman
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Melanie Hope Greenberg's illustrations have a joyful playfulness that seems to mark her work, and I just love it. She was an excellent choice of illustrator for this book because she can make all the poems in this collection relatable to everyone.