Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale's

Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale's

by E. L. Konigsburg
     
 

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Amy Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, but she's come to New York City to visit her grandmother. Grandma promises Amy Elizabeth they will go to Bloomingdale's -- "we New Yorkers call it Bloomie's" -- the most famous store in the world.

Getting to a department store when you live in the suburbs of Houston is a matter of getting in the car and

Overview

Amy Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, but she's come to New York City to visit her grandmother. Grandma promises Amy Elizabeth they will go to Bloomingdale's -- "we New Yorkers call it Bloomie's" -- the most famous store in the world.

Getting to a department store when you live in the suburbs of Houston is a matter of getting in the car and driving to the mall. But in the city -- especially when that city is New York -- there are many ways to get there, and there seem to be as many ways not to. However, all the things -- from a visit to the top of the Empire State Building to a carriage ride in Central Park -- that get between Amy Elizabeth and Bloomingdale's also bring her closer to Grandma.

With her characteristic humor and insight, two-time Newbery Medalist E. L. Konigsburg celebrates the special relationship between a little girl and her grandmother.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sidetracked by such attractions as the Empire State Building and a Broadway musical, the visiting narrator and her New Yorker grandmother never make it to Bloomie's. "A vivid portrait of a distraction-filled city--and of a most affectionate relationship," said PW. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Lori M. Saporosa
The title of this amusing story is certainly ironic, as Amy Elizabeth never actually explores Bloomingdale's. On a trip from Houston to see her Grandmother who lives in New York City, Amy Elizabeth encounters many things that are part of the New York City culture. She compares and contrasts both her Grandmother's and her lifestyles. But, instead of rating them, she comes to appreciate what each has to offer. The story of a Grandmother spending time with her granddaughter and teaching her about the Empire State Building, the theatre, Chinatown, and how to ride the subway is touching and told less frequently than it should be. The illustrations display some interesting areas in New York City, without being too cluttered. This book could definitely generate discussions in a classroom as children relate their own hometown experiences with those of Amy Elizabeth and her grandmother. 1999 (orig.
Ilene Cooper
Amy Elizabeth is up from Houston, visiting her grandmother in New York City for the first time. Grandmother wants to take Amy Elizabeth to Bloomingdale's, "the most famous store in the world," but each day something interferes with the plan--a trip to Chinatown, a carriage ride, a Broadway play, even a protest march. By the time Amy Elizabeth leaves for home, she hasn't seen Bloomingdale's, but she's seen plenty. Konigsburg nicely portrays an intergenerational relationship set against an exciting New York City backdrop. But Amy Elizabeth is not just a wide-eyed visitor; she contrasts for readers the differences she observes between life at home and in New York. While most of these remarks are pertinent, sometimes Amy Elizabeth's comparisons are a bit fuzzy. For instance, after a visit to Chinatown, she says, "In my town, Chinatown would be in another country like China." Konigsburg, who is best known for her novels, continues a recent trend, illustrating her own picture books. Here, attractive color drawings share space with small black-and-white art arranged like strips of film. The page design, yellow backgrounds with a taxicab check around the borders, adds to the big city feeling. Like Amy Elizabeth, readers will enjoy the trip.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689317668
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/31/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
756,989
Product dimensions:
9.03(w) x 9.79(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.

After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.

E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.

After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.

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