I want to add another couple of New York books to my others for Perfect Picture Book Friday, so we have a series that would be great for a few lessons around the BIG APPLE!
By Christoph Niemann
Published by Greenwillow Books, 2010
Themes: New York, subway, transportation
It’s cold and wet. What can be done?
A trip on the subway. Just for fun!
Flap Cover – “A father. 2 children. And more than 840 miles of track. What does it add up to? Something thrilling! Are you ready for SUBWAY?”
SUBWAY is a marvelous kids’ journey that describes a rainy day of exploring the New York City subway system, by the author and his two sons. It is an ode to New York City’s mass transit system, which is described as “a way of life” for New Yorkers. The incredible black and bold, thick primary colored pages give the illusion of hurtling through the dark tunnels at incredible speeds. Under the ground is an incredible system of letters, numbers and colors, that kids can relate to. You can take the A train from jazzy Harlem all the way to sleepy Far Rockaway. Or check out the view as the Q crosses over the East River. Kids will have fun with the map. The three figures are humorously depicted in the style of figures on signs; The text is simple and rhyming (though the rhyme/meter fails a little at times for me) and will appeal to even the very young.
At Bergen the F is sad to see
he has to separate from his friend the G.
The G says, “Don’t cry. I will meet you
Again at Roosevelt Avenue.”
Why I like this Book:
Every page is a graphic blast, with careful rhyming stanzas describing the action of the subway for each separate line. SUBWAY is sure to enchant children ages 2-5 with its journey through the mysterious pathways of the subterranean world of the NYC subway system. The schematic of the subway lines, Times Square etc is incredibly accurate. It would be a great introduction to children coming from locations without an undergound rail system. New York kids will love tracing the lines of places they know.
I spent Oct-Dec last year getting to know certain lines on the New York subway well and I was thrilled to discover a picture book that depicts the experience so authentically in a child-centric fashion. It is a visual treat and captures the bustle of this big city so well. Gee I miss Brooklyn already!
A Goodreads suggestion – “I do think this would be great book to use with an art class to show how subtle changes makes the feel of the drawing different. It could also be used in teaching perspective.”
Subway map for students to check the accuracy of the text. For older children, I would then set them leaving and arrival points and have them plan some journeys!
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