A city is
great towers of stone,
one red geranium
on a windowsill.
A tribute to New York City for the very young by a distinguished poet
In this evocative collection of poems about the uniqueness and diversity of the city of New York, savor the beauty of Manhattan from spring through winter. Visit the pocket parks, the sky-high buildings, the bustling streets and celebrate the Fourth of July on the banks of the rivers that surround the city. This tribute by a talented poet and playwright is brought to life in detailed, vibrant illustrations.
|Publisher:||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|
|Product dimensions:||7.24(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.36(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Norman Rosten was a celebrated author, poet, and playwright of adult works, many of which were inspired by his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. The poems for A City Is were collected and edited by Mr. Rosten's daughter, Patricia Rosten Filan, after his death in 1995.
Melanie Hope Greenberg has illustrated a number of children's books, including Bethany Roberts's The Wind's Garden. Shortly after beginning her career as a children's book illustrator, Ms. Greenberg met Norman Rosten at a children's bookstore in Brooklyn. He encouraged her by saying "You're a pro. Would you care to read some of my poems that are appropriate for children?" After several years, those poems became A City Is and, by illustrating them, Ms. Greenberg learned even more about her beloved New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What is a city? Defined with poetry by Norman Rosten. New York City though, not just any ol'city.
Written in free verse, these poems are written about New York City. The book describes modern life in the city inviting the reader to answer questions within the poems. The illustrations ensure that this is a multicultural book, having children play together. The diversity of the neighorhood is part of the story. The seasons of the year are introduced in the poems. Instead of using this story for poetry and rhyming, I would use it during a social studies lesson to teach about urban life.
"A City Is" is a collection of poems about life in New York City throughout the year. Some are charming and resonate well, even with non-city dwellers; others are very New York City-centric. All, however, are just the right length for reading to pre-schoolers. Melanie Hope Greenberg's illustrations have a joyful playfulness that seems to mark her work, and I just love it. She was an excellent choice of illustrator for this book because she can make all the poems in this collection relatable to everyone.