My New York: New Anniversary Edition

My New York: New Anniversary Edition

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by Kathy Jakobsen

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A young New Yorker writes to her friend from the Midwest to tell about the things they will see in the city when Martin comes to visit her.


A young New Yorker writes to her friend from the Midwest to tell about the things they will see in the city when Martin comes to visit her.

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Publishers Weekly
In another big-city adventure, My New York by Kathy Jakobsen, Becky tours the Big Apple, with elaborate paintings of popular destinations such as the Central Park Zoo, FAO Schwarz and Chinatown. Fold-out pages depict a sweeping view from the top of the Empire State Building, and a towering Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. First published in 1993, and praised in a PW starred review as "a splendid tribute to the city that never sleeps," this updated edition includes additional scenes such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Year's Eve in Times Square and a 4th of July celebration with a view of the twin beams of light in homage to the World Trade Center. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A gifted folk artist, Jakobsen (illustrator of Reeve Lindbergh's Johnny Apple seed ) here conducts a thoroughly enjoyable and informative excursion through Manhattan. Her fastidiously detailed oil paintings illustrate a chatty letter written by a girl named Becky to a friend who will soon be moving from the Midwest to New York. Becky's tour of the Big Apple includes visits to the Central Park Zoo, the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store, Chinatown and the South Street Seaport; like any good guide, she throws in suggestive statistics (the Baby Watson cheesecake operation uses more than 38,000 eggs a day). Several foldout pages present larger-scale visual extravaganzas, among them a panorama of the skyline as seen from the top of the Empire State Building, a high-rise under construction and dinosaur skeletons at the American Museum of Natural History. As an added treat, youngsters can search out Becky and her parents, who appear in each picture. This stunning book's piece de resistance is a spectacular double-page spread of New York Harbor on the Fourth of July, with fireworks exploding over the Statue of Liberty and an impressive assemblage of tall ships. A splendid tribute to the city that never sleeps. All ages. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Jakobsen's combination of descriptive, conversational text and colorful folk-art paintings brings to life a young girl's New York scenes. From the Statue of Liberty off the lower tip of Manhattan to the Museum of Natural History on West 81st Street, readers tour places and events such as the NYC Marathon, the Central Park Zoo and carousel, FAO Schwartz, Chinatown, the home of Baby Watson cheesecake, the circus at Madison Square Garden, the aircraft carrier Intrepid, South Street Seaport, and the Fourth of July fireworks over New York Harbor. Fold-out pages of the Empire State Building and a building under construction are an interesting design addition. A map appears inside both front and rear covers. Most illustrations are double paged, with a few exceptions that do not work as well because of the busy details on facing pages. Notes at the end give additional information about each site or event mentioned. Although Becky's New York is in reality only a small area of Manhattan, the marvelously detailed illustrations and the excellent range of places paints an exciting and informative picture of the best of New York City life and activity. A visual treat for children from all around the country.- Mary Rinato Berman, New York Public Library
Ilene Cooper
From the South Street Seaport to the Museum of Natural History, Jakobsen presents New York City, capturing all its incredible energy. She frames the text in a letter from a young New Yorker writing to a friend. The boy will be visiting soon, and the narrator describes the many sights he'll see, not all of them regular tourist stops--one of the neatest pictures is of the Baby Watson Cheesecake Bakery, whose owner puts his baby picture on every box. Jakobsen's shrewdly chosen sites get terrific treatments in her crowded folk-style art, which makes the city come alive. Whether the view is from the roof of the writer's apartment building or looking across at snow-covered Central Park, the pictures make viewers feel as if they were right there, riding on the Staten Island Ferry or staring up at the Empire State Building (a three-page fold-out spread). The book really covers a wide age range. Primary-graders will enjoy looking at the pictures, and older kids doing reports on the city should get a real feel for it through Jakobsen's art. Adults, too, will enjoy the visual visit. A map of the city appears on the endpapers.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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9.50(w) x 12.25(h) x 0.50(d)
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4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kathy Jakobsen is one of America's premier folk artists. Her paintings are wildly collected and are part of a number of permanent collections, including the Museum of American Folk Art and the Smithsonian.

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My New York: New Anniversary Edition 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
IlovebooksMO More than 1 year ago
I love this book, so do my kids. The illustrations are just gorgeous and amazing. My son had found it at the library and when it was time to return it, I knew I had to have a copy for our book collection at home. It's definitely a favorite of ours now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw a sample copy of this book at JFK Airport, but they were sold out. Thankfully B & N on line is not! If you love this book just to relive so many special aspects of the Big Apple. It is definitely for adults to enjoy as well as children.
ColinsGrandma More than 1 year ago
I bought an earlier edition of this wonderful book for my grandson a few years ago and we love it so much I just purchased another one for my neice. We live in New Jersey and my Grandson and I love to visit New York City. The beautiful illustrations in this book have inspired us to visit many of the sites depicted and we have so far covered about 80%. We have become fans of artist/author Kathy Jakobsen and hope to visit her gallery next trip to THE CITY. It's a great homage to New York City from a child's point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that shows many landmarks in NYC. I would recommend it for anyone trying to teach primary children about New York City.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
We bought this book for our preschoolers, in preparation for a trip to NYC this fall. They absolutely love it, and so do we. They've spent hours poring over the incredible illustrations, picking out the smallest details. (Can you find the cat that appears in each scene?) I've recommended this to many friends, for all ages.