Subway Ride

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Down, down, down. Step down below to see the world.

A fantastical journey introduces young readers to subway travel. Five children pay the fare, pass through the gates, and zip through the tunnels of subway stations in ten cities around the globe. The trip around the world underscores how travel and cultural connections create community.

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Overview

Down, down, down. Step down below to see the world.

A fantastical journey introduces young readers to subway travel. Five children pay the fare, pass through the gates, and zip through the tunnels of subway stations in ten cities around the globe. The trip around the world underscores how travel and cultural connections create community.

Back matter includes information about the ten stations mentioned: Atlanta, Cairo, Chicago, London, Mexico City, Moscow, New York City, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
We follow five youngsters down into the subway, as brief, rhymed couplets in large type describe the journey. The text could be about an underground ride anywhere, as the children wait on the platform, watch musicians perform, get on the train, see it go above as well as below the ground, exit, and finally, "Step up, step up, from the dark—a celebration in the park!" But as we soon realize from the different tickets shown, each double page is picturing the underground in one of ten different cities, from New York to London and Cairo to Tokyo. A digitally manipulated collage of loose watercolors with no undergirding drawing creates the atmosphere of each station while only suggesting objects like the blurry speeding train or the entrances to the pictured subways. The children are "multicultural;" they and their fellow travelers seem to be having a great time. There is information added at the end about each of the subway systems in this fine introduction to transportation in other countries, and to subways for those who have never seen them. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Five enthusiastic children of various ethnicities travel subway systems in different regions of the world. After paying their fares and scrambling through the turnstiles, they step on and off the rail cars and become part of the hustle and bustle of their changing underground locations, which include Cairo, Moscow, London, New York City, Washington DC, and Tokyo. The concise text, written in flowing rhymes, moves quickly. Ramá's colorful digital collage spreads are a perfect match for Miller's word images. The artistic style has an Ezra Jack Keats quality as it brightly chronicles the children's travels. Native language spellings along with English spellings of the destinations are written on the subway tickets found within the artwork. This picture book can be incorporated into preschool/primary units on transportation, used as a springboard to introducing parts of the world, or shared during storytime. For a subway theme, pair it with Anastasia Suen's Subway (Viking, 2004) and Mary Quattlebaum's Underground Train (Doubleday, 1997). With its global perspective, it's a worthy purchase.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Take a ride on subway trains all around the world. Beginning in Cairo, a multicultural group of children rides the trains in ten cities, zigzagging from stop to stop around the globe. The brief text is in serviceable near-verse ("Rumbling, roaring- / blurring speed. / Silver bullet. / Rushing breeze"), but barely registers against Rama's vibrant digital collages of watercolor art. Vivid colors and blurred lines evoke a bustling cheer. Cleverly composed to suggest both depth and action, the pictures tell most of the story: Atlanta's dark tunnels, Chicago's El (a slight deviation from the underground theme), jazz combos in the Stockholm stations and so on, an iconic ticket indicating from place to place where readers and riders are. The book ends with crisp thumbnail portraits of the subways in the cities, which also include London, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. The offbeat idea is deftly handled and should trigger further study. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580891127
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 719,266
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Lynn Miller is the author of THIS IS YOUR LIFE CYCLE and LOOK BEHIND: TALES OF ANIMAL ENDS. She lives in Auburn, Indiana.

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