City Street

City Street

by Douglas Florian

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Labeled pictures present life on a city street, where skateboards roll, pigeons fly, and traffic moves.


Labeled pictures present life on a city street, where skateboards roll, pigeons fly, and traffic moves.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In strikingly bold images and very few words, the creator of Nature Walk and A Beach Day presents evocative glimpses of urban life. The sights and sounds, the bustling activity and rare quiet moments are depicted with precision and elan. A boy does chalk art on a sidewalk, watched by a cat lurking behind a garbage pail: ``Sidewalk scrawls.'' Next a multiracial gaggle of youngsters practice their hoop shots: ``Basketballs.'' A woman waters the blooms in her windowbox (``City flowers''); children frolic in a park's fountain (``City showers''). Whether at work or play, Florian's thickly defined figures capture just the right city attitudes. In a style that seems both childlike and sophisticated, his vibrant palette washes each scene with a rainbow of color. As the pink sky of ``Twilight'' deepens to the midnight blue ``City night,'' this archetypal metropolis has provided a visual tour worthy of Fielding or Frommer. Ages 3-up. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- Florian's bold line drawings really do justice to the city scenes he's chosen for this book. No detail is overlooked--shadows, puddles, chalk drawings on sidewalks--and the colorful clothing and signs contrast nicely with the brown and gray cityscapes. The sparsely worded rhyming text effectively leads readers further on into the book. There's a surprising animation to the illustrations, much of which has to do with Florian's knack for catching people in mid-movement. While not for large groups, this latest effort is a nice book to share on a lap or to wander through alone. --Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
Age Range:
4 Years

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