Children's Literature - Carol Kirkham MartinThis recent title in the "First Step Nonfiction" series views a city community through the eyes of a young girl. Depictions of city sights such as buildings, sidewalks, and heavy traffic give the reader a sense of life in the city. Active photos of a multicultural parade and dining at an outdoor cafe add to the sense of excitement. The inclusion of a familiar yellow school bus draws the child into the story. Crisp photos, clear language, and the book's brief, twenty-four page format will appeal to the target audience. The simple, repetitive vocabulary makes this an accessible text for newly independent readers. Back matter includes ways children can help their urban community, additional urban facts, a glossary, and an index. Standards of learning for many early elementary social studies curriculums include urban living. This text will make a solid addition to school and public library collections. Reviewer: Carol Kirkham Martin
An introduction to the common characteristics of a urban community.
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