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Living in a City
     

Living in a City

by Lisa Trumbauer
 

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Simple text and photographs describe life in a city and highlights the different neighborhoods, buildings, transportation and housing found in a city.

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Simple text and photographs describe life in a city and highlights the different neighborhoods, buildings, transportation and housing found in a city.

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Children's Literature
Textbooks for early learners are a dubious proposition at best and the "Communities" series of Pebble Books only reinforces one's doubts on the subject. The small, almost-square format is appropriate for small hands, but the contents of the books is less than engaging with their brief sentences opposite an illustrative but lackluster color photo. Most social studies curricula introduce young children to communities with a study of their own neighborhood; surely some walks in nearby streets, visits to shops, and other appropriate field trips would offer a much more vivid look at life in an urban area. This title does provide more appealing pictures than the others and also some ethnic diversity, but there is not much here to prompt a reader's second glance. Teachers could more profitably assemble a collection of picture books set in diverse communities—for life in a city, try Robert Neubecker's Wow! City! (Hyperion, 2005), Lauren Krasny Brown and Marc Brown's Visiting the Art Museum (Dutton, 1986) or Sarah Stewart's The Gardener (Farrar, 1997). While the publisher dutifully relates this series to "social studies standards" and suggests teaching the use of a table of contents, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index, a pedestrian series of this nature is not necessary to do that. Teachers and librarians with scarce resources would be better off relying on their own creativity and the talents of writers and illustrators with something significant to say about life in a community. 2005, Capstone, Ages 4 to 7.
—Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736836302
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Series:
Communities Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Lisa Trumbauer is the New York Times best-selling author of A Practical Guide to Dragons. In addition, she has written about 300 other books for children, including mystery novels, picture books, and nonfiction books on just about every topic under the sun (including the sun!).

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