New York, New York!: The Big Apple from A to Z

New York, New York!: The Big Apple from A to Z

by Laura Krauss Melmed, Frane Lessac
     
 

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Welcome to New York City, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, the crossroads of the world! This city has something to offer everyone, from A to Z. Come visit the American Museum of Natural History and see prehistoric Animals, get a Bird's-eye view of the Brooklyn Bridge, and Check out Central Park in this alphabetical tour from best-selling duo Laura Krauss

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Welcome to New York City, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, the crossroads of the world! This city has something to offer everyone, from A to Z. Come visit the American Museum of Natural History and see prehistoric Animals, get a Bird's-eye view of the Brooklyn Bridge, and Check out Central Park in this alphabetical tour from best-selling duo Laura Krauss Melmed and Frané Lessac, who brought us Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z.

Fascinating details about the many neighborhoods and historic places of New York City accompany Melmed's lively, informative verse, and Lessac's vibrant folk-art paintings capture the essence of this unique and rich place that was once called the melting pot of America.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The team behind Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z, now takes readers on a tour of (mostly) Manhattan in New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z by Laura Krauss Melmed, illus. by Fran Lessac. The book begins with "A" for the American Museum of Natural History and ends with the "Z" in the Bronx Zoo-okay, that and "Y" for Yankee Stadium hit on the boroughs (plus the Brooklyn Bridge and the Q train). Small inset captions offer fun facts, while the rhyming text points up the humor of city lore. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Kids can journey through the alphabet and the Big Apple in Laura Krauss Melmed's New York, New York!. Through a short rhyme, each letter focuses on a specific place, with additional information provided in sidebars and captions. Frane Lessac's bright folk-style paintings capture the color and verve of this energetic city, from the American Museum of Natural History to the (Bronx) Zoo. The book provides a wonderful way to prepare for a trip to New York, to guide the visit, and to talk about highlights after. And with the many details provided in word and picture, this paean to "the city that never sleeps" begs for repeat readings. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Having already rendered Washington, D.C., to an alphabetic form in Capital! (HarperCollins, 2003), this creative team sifts its attention to the Big Apple. From the American Museum of Natural History to the Bronx Zoo, each letter is accompanied by a peppy eight-line poem as well as multiple sidebars, factoids, and tidbits about the sights described. Melmed brilliantly touches on all the major sights of NYC, only cheating a little when X represents the ever-present "TaXi." The book includes an abundance of brightly colored, folk-art-style illustrations, and an excellent map locates each place mentioned. This book is certain to be popular with families traveling to Gotham for the first time. Pair it with Martha Zschock's equally cosmopolitan, if less informative Journey around New York from A to Z (Commonwealth, 2002).-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From the American Museum of Natural History (A) to the Bronx Zoo (Z), an alphabetical exploration of places to visit and famous sites in the Big Apple. The folk-art paintings are bright and colorful but are accompanied by short, uninspired verse and factoids. The most successful letters or places to see are the double spreads. Yankee Stadium (Y) is filled with fans set against a starry night. Unfortunately, the author states that it seats 70,000-untrue since the 1970's renovation. The Plaza Hotel (P) stands majestic, but oddly for a children's book does not include Eloise in its list of famous visitors. The Brooklyn Bridge (B), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (M) and Times Square (T) get grand double spreads while the one for Harlem awkwardly conjoins a brownstone to the Apollo Theater and the Union Square Greenmarket (U) is disjointed next to the Washington Square Arch (V for Greenwich Village). While fun for browsing, especially when turning the book on end for the Empire State Building (E), young readers would be better advised to visit Robert Neubecker's Wow! City! (2004) for some real Big Apple excitement. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060548742
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
270,607
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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