ABC NYC: A Book About Seeing New York

Overview

A is for Atlas

B is for Bagel

C is for Chrysler Building

An ABC book that pays tribute to a child's view of New York City

An ABC book unlike any other, ABC NYC reinvents the genre using an alphabet unique to New York City. From subway...
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Overview

A is for Atlas

B is for Bagel

C is for Chrysler Building

An ABC book that pays tribute to a child's view of New York City

An ABC book unlike any other, ABC NYC reinvents the genre using an alphabet unique to New York City. From subway signs to building graffiti, NYC's letters are represented everywhere you walk: M is for Manhole cover, T is for Taxi. A child's guidebook to life in New York, ABC NYC beautifully captures the visual vocabulary of the city kid with bold black-and-white photographs and vibrant letters found in some of the most surprising places. Perfect for the youngest set learning the alphabet or collectors of New York memorabilia, ABC NYC is as striking and energetic as the city it reveals.

Author Bio: Joanne Dugan is a New York based photographer whose work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. She hand prints her limited edition fine art photographs in her darkroom in New York City's Union Square district. She is also the photographer behind the best-selling book Taxi Driver Wisdom and two fine art monographs. Pamela Hovland is a designer and educator whose work has been recognized by numerous national and international design organizations. Even though she learned her ABCs while growing up on a farm in Minnesota, she has lived and worked in New York City and Connecticut ever since.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Every letter of this New York City alphabet follows the same pattern while redefining the ABCs with surprising words and pictures. A photo or photos of the letter faces an example or two of something beginning with that letter. For example, "B" depicts several objects (mostly from signage) from around the city and a child wearing two bagels like a pair of spectacles. A line of text per spread (and an index) identifies all the sites and items in the book. While all children will find things they can identify, Q for the Queensborough Bridge and U for Unisphere may be known primarily to residents. The photographs, mostly in black and white, are captivating. Dugan clearly shares a view of a city that she loves, one that will hold the interest of children through repeated viewings. A delightful abecedarian with water towers instead of watermelons; taxis instead of trees; manhole covers instead of monkeys.-Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Photographer Dugan offers an urban alphabet, with color close-ups of letters on signs, billboards and the like (plus a line of identifying commentary) facing black-and-white shots of New York children, landmarks and street scenes seen mostly from low angles. Not all of her choices are good ones-the "little red lighthouse" beneath the George Washington Bridge isn't the best subject for a black-and-white picture, and her assertion that Grand Central "is very grand indeed" isn't borne out by her blurry view of its information kiosk and a few passersby. But for younger residents or visitors this does a better job of capturing a distinct sense of New York City as a place than Stephen Johnson's Alphabet City (1995) or Kathy Jakobsen's My New York (new ed, 2003). Endnotes identify locales and people. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810958548
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 224,766
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2010

    Just OK

    Cute idea for an ABC book. However, as a New Yorker, I was surprised that for the letter E they chose ESCALTOR instead of the EMPIRE STATE
    BUILDING, the number one NY attraction.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    Best ABC book for any kid interested in NYC!

    My kids love this book. We live an hour outside the city but they have been there many times and they love recognizing all the NYC things in this book that they have seen in person. My 5 year old son wants to take it with him next time he goes to the city so he can find the Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building, and the Lighthouse.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    WASTE OF MONEY

    This book is not totally about the ABC's, my niece was disappointed that it did not talk about the complete alphabet. I would not recommend, the author could have used the alphabet to describe things inside of attractions in NYC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    The Best Childrens Book For All New Yorkers

    Wonderfully quirky with lots of great color. New York is most definately about the details and Joanne captures them beautifully. Each page makes me smile. Makes a great Holiday/'Chrismukkah' gift.

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