My Taxi Ride

Overview

Ho taxi! Yo taxi!

Where to Miss? Where to Mister?

Where to brother? Where to sister?

All around New York town!"

Take a wild ride in a yellow taxi that's "buzzin' down the street like a bumblebee," visiting famous New York sites along the way, including Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village,...

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Overview

Ho taxi! Yo taxi!

Where to Miss? Where to Mister?

Where to brother? Where to sister?

All around New York town!"

Take a wild ride in a yellow taxi that's "buzzin' down the street like a bumblebee," visiting famous New York sites along the way, including Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, and Central Park. This book is perfect for people everywhere who love New York City, and a fun multicultural jaunt into the Big Apple for kids everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

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Paul DuBois Jacobs, Jennifer Swedner, and Selina Alko were last seen by book-minded Gothamites as they raced through New York's underground in My Subway Ride. Now the trio is back with a sun-drenched tour of Manhattan in My Taxi Ride. This engaging book takes young readers on a tour of New York sites, including Broadway, Greenwich Village, the Empire State Building, and Central Park. A cheerful chomp of the Big Apple.
Publishers Weekly
The team behind My Subway Ride offers another infectiously rhythmic and invitingly hip love letter to a distinctly New York experience. The book actually takes readers on two wild journeys simultaneously. One is a literal ("who cares what the meter says?") taxicab trip all around the Big Apple, "From Washington Heights to Brooklyn Heights./ Climb on in and see the sights./ Moma! Soho! Noho! Dumbo!/ All around our New York town!" The other journey is more figurative, as the book initiates readers into the ways of savvy New Yorkers. They'll learn how to spot a taxi (yellow), the importance of being persistent (if a cab turns out to be off duty, "don't despair," because there are more than 12,000 in the city) and, of course, how to get one to pick you up: "Raise your arm and point your finger./ Belt it out like an opera singer:/ Hail taxi! Hey taxi!/ Ho Taxi! Yo Taxi! Whoa taxi!" Once again, Alko is totally in the groove with her co-authors; her multi-media pictures exude a vibe that's both streetwise and celebratory. To convey the city as a non-stop visual feast, she plays with framings, perspective and even gravity (one taxi drives up the side of the Empire State Building). Best of all, her portraits of New Yorkers capture the population's collective best: edgy, blithely multicultural and bighearted as all get-out. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Hop in a taxi for a wild, sometimes bewildering, and always entertaining ride through the streets of New York City. First you've got to hail a taxi so "raise your arm and point your finger, belt it out like an opera singer "Hey taxi! Ho taxi! Yo taxi! Whoa Taxi!" As there are more than 12,000 cabs cruising the city's streets, you're sure to get a ride. And, ready or not, what an adventure you'll have! Stop on Broadway to see a musical or catch a play. Wind through the narrow streets of Greenwich Village. Check out the Empire State Building and Central Park. And everywhere enjoy the crowds of people in all their wonderful diversity. When it's time to head for home, check the meter, pay the fare, and don't forget "Tip the driver. Tip your hat. Say good-bye and that is that." The rhythmic, rollicking text is highlighted by clever multimedia illustrations as colorful, confusing, and vibrant as New York City itself. A great book for kids and for any adult who loves the Big Apple.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423600732
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/6/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 521,882
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender are a husband-and-wife team living in Brooklyn, New York. Paul has coauthored three books with musician Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book, Abiyoyo Returns, and Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup. Jennifer is an early childhood educator and curriculum developer. Paul and Jennifer's favorite subway line is the Q train.

Selina Alko lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband who is also an illustrator. Selina studied illustration in New York City at the School of Visual Arts. She has illustrated many educational books for children, including Show and Tell Rose (from McGraw Hill) and Jump Rope (from Bebop Books). Selina loves her daily commute on the subway. Her favorite line is also the Q train.

Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender are a husband-and-wife team living in Brooklyn, New York. Paul has coauthored three books with musician Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book, Abiyoyo Returns, and Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup. Jennifer is an early childhood educator and curriculum developer. Paul and Jennifer's favorite subway line is the Q train.

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Read an Excerpt

Hail taxi! Hey taxi!

Ho taxi! Yo taxi!

Where to Miss? Where to Mister?

Where to brother? Where to sister?

All around New York town!

A bus is fine, but it sticks to a line.

That's okay if you've got the time.

A train is a treat, but it's stuck on a track.

That's a drag if you're late to get back.

A car is cool but you gotta park it.

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