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Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island Hardcover – August 6, 2019
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Thermes has written with words, maps, and pictures a history of a place that will be fascinating to kids AND adults living anywhere. Sweeping and inclusive, it's history at its finest.
At first, I thought that I had missed a page, but even though I quadruple checked, there was nothing else there. A double page spread about skyscrapers includes and labels the World Trade Center, dating it from 1973-2001, but nothing in this book directly acknowledges the cataclysmic event that is forever part of Manhattan's history.
You might imagine that the author skipped over this tragic event to sanitize her story, but no! This prehistoric-to-modern-day history covers colonization, hunting beavers to extinction, slavery, mistreatment of Native Americans, continued racial inequity and mistreatment of black citizens, anti-immigrant sentiment, child industrial labor, the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, an 1800s fire in the business district of Manhattan, and flooding from Hurricane Sandy. This book is honest about difficult parts of Manhattan's history, and this makes the omission of 9/11 even more bizarre and inexplicable.
Even though this book provides a brief and thorough introduction to Manhattan's history, providing a wealth of historical details and little-known information about the island's natural features and city planning, I can only rate it two stars. I am still shocked that the author would neglect to mention an earth-shattering event that is forever entwined with both Manhattan's history and the history America at large. 9/11 was a complex event with intricate geopolitical context and implications, but this author had already proved her adeptness at explaining complex issues at a child's comprehension level, and there are plenty of children's books that provide satisfactory explanations of 9/11 without being gruesome or overwhelming. If nothing else, she could have followed their cues.
There is simply no excuse for this. I would be fascinated to hear what the author would say to explain her choice, but nothing makes up for it, and the omission is even more problematic because this book is targeted towards school children. A kid who doesn't know much about 9/11 could read this book without even realizing that it happened in Manhattan. If a child doesn't recognize the World Trade Center on the busy, complex skyscraper spread, or doesn't know why the towers came down in 2001, they could finish this book without learning about one of the most important events that ever happened in Manhattan. 9/11 changed America and had tremendous, far-reaching global implications. It's not something you can just skip past.
It baffles me that the author left out something so world-changing and important, and I'm also confused by other reviewers not even mentioning this aspect of the book. I kept second guessing myself, thinking that I must have missed something or gotten confused, but there weren't any pages stuck together. It's not just NOT THERE.
Kids can still benefit from this book and learn a lot, but parents and educators need to know that this book provides a selective, omitted version of Manhattan's history, and they should be prepared to fill in the gaps for children and explain what happened on 9/11, how it affected Manhattan, and how the horror and aftermath still reverberate today.