Journey Around New York from A to Z

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"A fact-filled, alphabetical journey through the five boroughs of the city. A pigeon serves as a tour guide of sorts, appearing on every page in either the small inset illustration or in one of the smaller spot-art drawings located along the bottom of the pages. The format works well to introduce famous landmarks and neighborhoods with descriptive alliterative sentences, such as "Dragons dance by dim sum diners" as an introduction to Chinatown and "Gorgeous gardens grace glass-houses" for commentary on the New York Botanical Garden. Succinct

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"A fact-filled, alphabetical journey through the five boroughs of the city. A pigeon serves as a tour guide of sorts, appearing on every page in either the small inset illustration or in one of the smaller spot-art drawings located along the bottom of the pages. The format works well to introduce famous landmarks and neighborhoods with descriptive alliterative sentences, such as "Dragons dance by dim sum diners" as an introduction to Chinatown and "Gorgeous gardens grace glass-houses" for commentary on the New York Botanical Garden. Succinct paragraphs of historical information are located under each full-page, highly detailed colored-pencil-and-watercolor illustration. In a much smaller type size, a one-sentence, sometimes quirky, bit of information is imparted as well, as in "Many skyscrapers don't have a 13th floor. No one wants to be on an unlucky floor!" This up-to-date book includes a reference to and inset illustration of the former Twin Towers under the letter T: "Tough times take teamwork." The book begins with a map and a listing of the 26 landmarks showcased. The endpapers offer a different sort of New York alphabet to readers, featuring small illustrations of interesting trademark items, such as a Nathan's hot dog, a blue box from Tiffany's, and a yellow cab. A wonderful testament to a diverse city and its equally diverse residents." -School Library Journal

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This children's picture book presents this great metropolis as the zestful, rambunctious place it is. The appetizingly alliterative alphabet markers spell out good times for young readers -- "Fifth Avenue is famous for fashion," "Journalists jot juicy jargon" -- and the comments at the base of each page are informative and perceptive: What other children's book quotes choreographer George Balanchine's statement that he wanted people to see the music and hear the dance? There's even a comforting tribute to the teamwork and courage inspired by September 11th. Reading this book, we realize that we're all New Yorkers.
Publishers Weekly
The Zschock sisters (Journey Around Boston from A to Z) bring their series to the Big Apple, where Heather Zschock, the designer of the series, presently lives. The mallard who guided the Boston tour is replaced here by a pigeon; it appears on every page, often in costume (e.g., dressed as an orchestra conductor or wearing a fire helmet). The alphabet theme only loosely organizes the information, as alliterative sentences, not topics, appear alongside each letter. Transportation, for example, is discussed at "R": "Roebling's rope wires reach across the river"; on each spread, a large watercolor (in this case, of the Brooklyn Bridge) illustrates a detailed paragraph (here, about the construction of that bridge). An inset panel shows a related subject (the Staten Island Ferry), while in the bottom margin a detail (a subway entrance) shares space with a fun fact (the city's buses, rails and subways "transport 2.3 billion people a year all over town!"). The events of September 11 figure under "T" ("Tough times take teamwork"), where a panel showing the Twin Towers is set into a view of the Unisphere from the 1964 World's Fair, "a symbol of `peace through understanding.' " For all the facts and details, the Zschocks also favor generalizations like "Broadway shows are now more popular than ever" and "With rowboats, hiking trails, and theater, [Central Park] offers fun for everyone"); the tone may be upbeat, but it's also bland. Ages 9-12. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A fact-filled, alphabetical journey through the five boroughs of the city. A pigeon serves as a tour guide of sorts, appearing on every page in either the small inset illustration or in one of the smaller spot-art drawings located along the bottom of the pages. The format works well to introduce famous landmarks and neighborhoods with descriptive alliterative sentences, such as "Dragons dance by dim sum diners" as an introduction to Chinatown and "Gorgeous gardens grace glass-houses" for commentary on the New York Botanical Garden. Succinct paragraphs of historical information are located under each full-page, highly detailed colored-pencil-and-watercolor illustration. In a much smaller type size, a one-sentence, sometimes quirky, bit of information is imparted as well, as in "Many skyscrapers don't have a 13th floor. No one wants to be on an unlucky floor!" This up-to-date book includes a reference to and inset illustration of the former Twin Towers under the letter T: "Tough times take teamwork." The book begins with a map and a listing of the 26 landmarks showcased. The endpapers offer a different sort of New York alphabet to readers, featuring small illustrations of interesting trademark items, such as a Nathan's hot dog, a blue box from Tiffany's, and a yellow cab. A wonderful testament to a diverse city and its equally diverse residents.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889833323
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Journeys Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 698,106
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.22 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Day Zschock majored in art at Connecticut College and earned her master's in education from Lesley College. Zschock is the author and illustrator of all the books in the Journey Around series. A former elementary teacher, she developed her first book, Journey Around Cape Cod and the Islands from A to Z, from field trips with her students. She lives in Orleans, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

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    There is so much to see and do in New York City; how do you deci

    There is so much to see and do in New York City; how do you decide what to do first? Why not let a feathered friend show you the way? In Journey Around New York from A to Z, an adorable pigeon takes young readers on a guided tour through the Big Apple, detailing the important landmarks and facts about the city.

    Beginning with a map of the five boroughs of New York City, our perky pigeon gives readers a grand tour. We start on Broadway, learning about popular plays and why the street is nicknamed "The Great White Way." From here it's on to Wall Street, Coney Island, the museums and after an exhuasting day of sightseeing, finishing with a game at Yankee Stadium and then home via Grand Central Terminal. Along the way, the authors include information on anti-immigration laws and what happened when they were changed, how the ports of New York helped the city grow, and what New Yorkers do for entertainment.

    Twin sisters Martha and Heather Zschock have created the "Journey" series, a series of books that journey through cities such as Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago as well as such smaller, but quite popular travel destinations as Cape Cod. These books are not just fun but also educational. Lots of great facts about each destination are included which make this a perfect book to aid the young student with a research project on New York City. In Journey Around New York, the young reader will learn such things as how the invention of the elevator helped New York expand, how immigrants contributed to the growth of the city, and what happens on Wall Street and where the name originated. The pages are full of detailed drawings of each spot in the city, and our busy little pigeon is in every drawing - see if you can find him! What a fun way to learn about New York City.

    Quill says: Enjoy a wonderful and educational trip around the Big Apple with this wonderful book.

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