By Kathy Jacobsen
Published by Little Brown in 1993, Anniversary edition printed in 2003.
Themes: Manhattan, visiting, New York City
Availability: Still in print. Yay!
My name is Becky and I live near the New York Public Library. Some buildings in New York make you feel small, but walking up the library steps makes me feel important
“Jakobsen’s combination of descriptive, conversational text and colorful folk-art paintings brings to life a young girl’s New York scenes. From the Statue of Liberty off the lower tip of Manhattan to the Museum of Natural History on West 81st Street, readers tour places and events such as the NYC Marathon, the Central Park Zoo and carousel, FAO Schwartz, Chinatown, the home of Baby Watson cheesecake, the circus at Madison Square Garden, the aircraft carrier Intrepid, South Street Seaport, and the Fourth of July fireworks over New York Harbor. Fold-out pages of the Empire State Building and a building under construction are an interesting design addition. A map appears inside both front and rear covers. Most illustrations are double paged, with a few exceptions that do not work as well because of the busy details on facing pages. Notes at the end give additional information about each site or event mentioned. Although Becky’s New York is in reality only a small area of Manhattan, the marvelously detailed illustrations and the excellent range of places paints an exciting and informative picture of the best of New York City life and activity. A visual treat for children from all around the country.”
Mary Rinato Berman, New York Public Library
Why I like this Book:
The narration from a child’s perspective feels authentic. It sounds like exactly how and what a child would share while managing to include some very detailed information about many of the main sites in New York. The illustrations are absolutely stunning in their scope and attention to detail, and kids and adults will appreciate the size and extravagance of the foldouts. One that stands out for for me os the dinosaur skeletons at the American Museum of Natural History. The author/illustrator does a truly spectacular job of depicting the cityscapes as well as sharing the sights, sounds and facts of much of Manhattan. A la “looking for Waldo”, Becky and her parents can be spotted on every page, which young children will enjoy.
Use this book as a guidebook when preparing for and visiting New York City.
The book concludes with a bonus Fun Facts about New York and a Reader’s Challenge.
Look for Becky and her parents on every page.
This books takes you on a tour of: New York Public Library, Central Park Zoo, Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, Greenwich Village, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Chinatown, Apollo Theatre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wall Street, South Street Seaport, Grand Central Station, Chrysler Building, American Museum of Natural History (the only place I have left to visit on this list).
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