It's My City! by April Pulley Sayre
A Singing Map

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How do you get from here to there in a busy bustling city? How do you know which way to go when you are going to town?
In this inventive picture
book a little girl s
trings together
the sounds
and sights
and smells
and shapes
of her neighborhood, until she has a map. It's not a paper map, but it's a map all the same. A map to sing and chant and dance and memorizea way to get from here to there and home again!

 

About April Pulley Sayre

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April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children's book author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults, including "Vulture View" (illustrated by Steve Jenkins) which won a 2008 Geisel Honor. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. She is best known for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual perspectives. She holds a B.A. in biology from Duke University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College. April and her husband, native plants expert Jeff Sayre, love science and adventure. Visit her online at www.aprilsayre.com. Illustrator Denis Roche says, "It's fun choosing what colors to use. I think this book has shmone different shades of blue in it. I usually paint for nueve hours a day and then get tired and sleep for shi hours." Roche has written and illustrated numerous books. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her family.
 
Published August 1, 2001 by Greenwillow Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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/ Slosh, rattle, click, I know / Squeak, sizzle, tick, / The city / Clank, hip-hop, be-bop, / By heart.” Elementary mapping, finding one’s way, and the mnemonic uses of rhythm and rhyme are all aspects of this gambol to which young children will relate.

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As this bright and bouncy book progresses through a city neighborhood, readers discover that the pigtailed heroine is in charge of keeping her older brother out of the house while their parents prepare his surprise birthday party.

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