From an acclaimed author and a New York Times Best Illustrated artist comes the fascinating, little-known—and true!—story of New York City’s first subway.
New York City in the 1860s was a mess: crowded, disgusting, filled with garbage. You see, way back in 1860, there were no subways, just cobblestone streets. That is, until Alfred Ely Beach had the idea for a fan-powered train that would travel underground. On February 26, 1870, after fifty-eight days of drilling and painting and plastering, Beach unveiled his masterpiece—and throngs of visitors took turns swooshing down the track.
The Secret Subway will wow readers, just as Beach’s underground train wowed riders over a century ago.
A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, 2016
About the Author
Shana Corey has written several picture books, among them Here Come the Girl Scouts!, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer, which the New York Times called “a picture book girls are likely to love.” She has always been intrigued by New York City history, so when she came across a passing mention of Alfred Ely Beach’s underground train, she wanted to know more. It wasn’t long before she was skulking around Warren and Murray Streets, looking for the site of Devlin’s department store, and seeking out Boss Tweed’s grave in Greenwood Cemetery. Learn more at shanacorey.com.
Red Nose Studio created the art for Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, and a Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year and received four starred reviews, as well as The Beginner’s Guide to Running Away from Home by Jennifer LaRue Huget, praised by the Wall Street Journal for its “vivid and arresting illustrations.” Visit him at rednosestudio.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book. I love this trend wherein people reveal really cool things people did in history in picture books. People you may never have heard of or projects you'd never know about. It's really neat. Was that a thing when I was a kid? If it was, I surely didn't read any of those books. I feel like I'm learning so much reading these simple picture books and I just wonder how much more of a knowledge base our kids can have today (and not just because of the internet!) I mean, I know I'm not going to remember the names of all of these great inventors later, but I'll remember the stories and be able to find the names. I've also used my newfound knowledge from picture books (like [book:Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille|28186006]) in adult conversations. So cool!